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Off duty Shreveport firefighter credited with saving Bossier City home

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Capt. Joey Presley has been a firefighter with the Shreveport Fire Department for 22 years. Capt. Joey Presley has been a firefighter with the Shreveport Fire Department for 22 years.
Capt. Presley is credited with helping to save this Bossier City house from being destroyed by fire. (Source: Mark Natale, Bossier City spokesperson) Capt. Presley is credited with helping to save this Bossier City house from being destroyed by fire. (Source: Mark Natale, Bossier City spokesperson)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

An off-duty Shreveport firefighter is credited with saving a Bossier City home from a fire that could have destroyed it.

Capt. Joe Presley was heading down I20 in Bossier City just after 10 a.m. Tuesday when he noticed smoke coming from a home in the Central Park neighborhood.

The 22-year-veteran with SFD got off the interstate and headed in the direction of the smoke, finding it in the 1800 block of Bonn Street. He saw smoke coming from the eaves and began knocking on the doors and window to make sure no one was still inside. He says all the doors were locked. When he saw flames coming from a kitchen area in the rear, he called Bossier Parish 911.

When the first fire engine arrived, Capt. Presley helped deploy hoses and connect them to the fire hydrant.

Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone says, "Captain Presley's quick action resulted in saving the citizen's home from complete destruction by the fire."

Thankfully, Ida Culbert, the woman who lives at the home was not there at the time of the fire.  The house was almost destroyed but it if wasn't for the quick action of Presley, the damage could have been much worse. Presley says he's no hero and he was just doing what he was trained to do.

"I have a big tender heart and my heart hurts for her. This is somebody's home and there are a lot of personal valuable things. It hurts," he says.

Culbert says "the Lord puts people in place at the right time and for this guy to be on the interstate and just to see this you know, I just thank him. I can't thank him enough."

The fire originated in the kitchen of the home.  BCFD was able to contain the fire there and had it under control in eight minutes.  There was no one home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.  Bossier City Fire Department is investigating the exact cause of the fire.

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