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Retired fire captain escapes house fire

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A retired Shreveport fire captain escaped a 2-alarm house fire that destroyed his home Sunday morning.  The fire broke out just after 7:30 a.m. at a home on Wildwood Drive in Shreveport.  Fire officials tell us flames and smoke could be seen from several blocks away.
 
Chief Louis Johnson tells KSLA News 12 that the homeowner, retired fire captain Ronald Plants, suffered 1st degree burns to the top of his head as he got out of the home.  He refused to be transported to the hospital and was treated at the scene.  Plants has been retired from the Shreveport Fire Department for more than 14 years after more than 28 years of service.  He credits his experience as a firefighter as one reason he made it out of the home.
 
The homeowner tells firefighters he believes the fire started in the back of the home.  A roof collapse at the home has delayed fire investigators from investigating the inside of the home.  The cause of the fire is unknown.  Fire officials say a dog also perished in the fire.
 
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