Vacationing family returns home to ruins

MORSE - The Thibodeaux family returned from vacation Saturday to find everything they owned had been destroyed by fire.

The family of five was in Tennessee when fire broke out in their brick home about a mile north of Morse on state Highway 91 last Wednesday. Everything — including a family pet — was lost.

Morse Fire Chief Hubert “Mac” Istre said the fire appeared to have started in the dining room area of the house.

“The Fire Marshal is coming in today to investigate,” Istre said in a phone interview Monday. “They’re going to try to find exactly what might have started the fire.”

Istre said it took firefighters nearly five hours to extinguish the blaze, “then we went back a couple of times to put out some hot spots,” he added.

“When we got there, the house was fully engulfed — from one end to the other,” Istre said. “It took a while to get water inside the brick structure to get it down.”

Four area fire departments joined the Morse volunteers in fighting the fire.

Nothing was able to be salvaged from the Thibodeaux’s home. The family is staying with family members.

Anyone wishing to help the family can bring donations — from clothes to furniture, to the Morse Fire Department on La. Hwy. 91 (Jackson Street) in Morse.

Joseph Gilotte, a member of the Morse Volunteer Fire Department, volunteered to man the station during the week.

“We’ve had a few donations come in already,” he said Monday morning.

Sizes for the family members include:

Women’s: shorts and pants, size 10; shirts, medium or large; shoes, size seven.

Men’s: pants, 36 x 36; shirts, large or extra-large; shoes, size 13;

Children’s: shorts, 10-12, 14-16, 30 waist; pants, 26 waist, 28 waist, 30 waist; shirts, 10-12 youth, 14-16 youth, small adult; shoes, sizes eight, 10 and 11.

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