Uncle describes rescue attempt in deadly house fire
ASCENSION PARISH - Family members who tried to save two boys from a burning home on Christmas Eve said the smoke was overpowering.
Kevin Porter,4, and Dimanie Elder,6, died in the fire Monday morning near Darrow.
Their uncle described the rescue attempt: "Basically ,when I really got out there,I knew wasn't nothing I could do because it was just too far gone," said Lindsay Lucas.
"And once I ripped the air conditioner out of the window the smoke hit me dead in my face I couldn't see nothing in their, it was too dark," he said.
Investigators are not exactly sure what caused the fire, but believe it started in the living room and quickly spread through the mobile home.
Two other children escaped. They are ten and twelve years old.
Their mother was at a neighbor's house, who is also a family member.
The house did not have working smoke detectors. A safety feature, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said saves lives.
"Literally every fire death that we have in the state of Louisiana is because there's not a working smoke alarm," Browning said.
Browning said a smoke alarm gives you about two minutes of safe air.
Check LASFM.org for more on free smoke alarms.