Father, 2 kids injured in Cedar Grove house fire

In total, 7 people were inside the home at the time
Dispatchers got the call just before 6 a.m. to the 200 block of W 78th Street.
Dispatchers got the call just before 6 a.m. to the 200 block of W 78th Street.(KSLA)
Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 6:30 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2021 at 9:41 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Crews responded to the scene of a blaze in Shreveport’s Cedar Grove neighborhood the morning of Thursday, Dec. 30.

Dispatchers got the call just before 6 a.m. to the 200 block of W 78th Street; a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the house.

Fire officials say when they got on scene a few minutes later, they could see heavy smoke coming from the front of the one-story house.

SFD confirms that three people, including two children, were injured and rushed to a hospital. Officials say the children’s father tried to rescue them, but could not because of the extreme heat and smoke. The children ultimately had to be pulled from the home through a front window by fire crews. The father is the adult who was injured. He sustained burns and cuts that he got during the rescue attempt, official say.

The children suffered severe smoke inhalation and were in critical condition as they were taken to the hospital.

In total, two adults and five juveniles were inside the house at the time.

According to dispatch records, more than 20 Shreveport Fire Department units were called to the scene, and 10 Shreveport Police Department units were at the scene as well. Fire officials say 43 firefighters worked for close to half an hour to bring the fire under control. The heavy smoke and fire damage has left the home uninhabitable.

Fire chaplains, the American Red Cross, and fire recovery ministries were called out to help the family in the aftermath. The cause of the fire is currently unclear.

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