Couple escapes burning vacant house

Couple escapes burning vacant house
(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A couple escaped from a vacant house Monday morning right after it erupted in massive flames.

Nearly two-dozen fire crews responded just after 3 a.m. to the house in the 1500 block of Milam Street.

Before firefighters arrived, the husband and wife who were inside escaped without injury.

The home was fully engulfed in flames and it took first responders more than an hour to get the fire under control.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to a brick building next door.

The house was vacant according to Shreveport Fire Department, who said there were no running utilities.

Firefighters say the couple who claimed to be inside when the fire started were possible squatters and were uncooperative with the investigation.

When firefighters arrived the two people claimed there may be a third person in the house. Fire crews searched as much of the house as possible before parts of the building collapsed, making it unsafe for fire crews to re-enter.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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