Greenwood police officer’s wife, pets die in south Bossier City house fire
BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) — Investigators with the Bossier City Fire Department and the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal are working to determine the cause of a fire that claimed a life Friday morning.
Dispatchers got the call just after 1:30 a.m. Feb. 11 to the 1700 block of Alison Avenue.
According to a post on Facebook from Greenwood Police, the home belonged to Senior Officer Laun D. Harris Jr. The woman who died in the fire was his wife, Lisa Harris.
As crews arrived on the scene, they found the home engulfed in flames. Neighbors were evacuated from nearby homes.
A 14-year-old boy was rushed to a Shreveport hospital for treatment of minor burns and smoke inhalation. He’s currently in good condition.
Harris “... was on patrol in Greenwood when he received a phone call telling him that his family’s home was on fire,” Greenwood Police Chief Shayne Gibson said in a statement. “Upon his arrival, he was informed that his wife was found inside the residence and was deceased. His teenage grandson received minor scrapes and burns and is being treated at a local hospital.”
Several family pets perished in the fire. LAOSFM officials say the grandmother and grandson initially escaped the fire safely, but that the woman went back into the house to try to save the family’s pets and never came back out. The teen was injured due to smoke inhalation after also going back into the house to try to save his grandmother.
The home was a total loss.
“The entire town of Greenwood has come together and has been working hard this [Friday] morning to get Senior Officer Harris and his grandson clothing, food and toiletries,” Gibson said.
Officer Harris: 3XL shirts, 42×34/36 pants, size 13 shoes
Grandson: medium/large shirts, 32x32 pants, size 10.5 shoes
The Greenwood Police Department also has set up fundraising efforts.
Larry Hardy says they’re doing everything they can at the Tractor Supply store in Greenwood to help Officer Laun Harris Jr.
“We let him come in here to let him pick out some stuff that he needed and what not and Tractor Supply donated that from him and his family,” Hardy said. “After the initial shock, I think some of are still in awe about what happened "
Police Chief Shayne Gibson says the city is collecting money for the family. Valentine’s Day was their wedding anniversary; they were married for 14 years.
“I’m not going to even try to make you, anybody believe that he’s doing good. I’ll say he doing as well as he can be right now. Dale’s a real strong person, but it’s hard,” said Chief Gibson.
The police chief added that he wanted to express a special thank you to the Bossier City fire and police departments for their assistance.
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