CFD responds to seven structure fires Saturday night; two young children die in 8th St. Blaze
By: Howell Dennis - Editor
Two children, reportedly a four-year-old girl and a two-year-girl, died in a fire at the 200 block of West Eighth St. Saturday evening as the Crowley Fire Department had one of their busiest evenings in recent memory.
"I didn't really know them that well but they seemed like really nice people," said a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. "This is really sad."
The fire appeared to have started at the rear of the house though none of that information has been confirmed by the Crowley Fire Department.
The fire that perhaps caused the most damage occurred on the 600 block of Jacobs Ave. The blaze appeared to have started in one home, which was completely reduced to rubble, and spread to a neighbors home which was also completely gutted. There was also some damage on some trailers that were located near the blaze. Amazingly, all the homes were vacant at the time and nobody was hurt.
"I don't see how a fire could have started in a vacant house," a skeptical sounding Betty Ward who lived nearby.
As though that weren't enough, another fire was reported south of Crowley but did not cause as much damage or result in any injuries.
Mark Richard, a spokesman with the Crowley Fire Department, was unable to provide the Post-Signal with any information as to what started the fires as of Sunday afternoon as he was understandably busy.
"Yeah, we had a very busy night last night," he said in a solemn voice.