MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Monroe family's 15-year old home is left in ruin, after a large fire at their house on West Deborah Drive.
Billowing smoke and the sounds of ringing fire alarms brought worried neighbors to the home on West Deborah Drive, completely consumed by fire and surrounded by Monroe fire crews.
"At least everyone got out, you know," Aaron Thibodeaux said.
Aaron Thibodeaux says all of his childhood memories and keepsakes were likely lost in the fire. He was on his way home to catch the ULL/ULM football game when he started getting phone calls, telling him his parents home was destroyed.
"Years of stuff in there, and that's what we gotta do is sit down and write what all we got in there. I don't even know where to start," Thibodeaux said.
Investigators say the fire started in the garage. Family and friends say one of the homeowners, Lori Thibodeaux, was standing in the kitchen when she heard a loud bang, walked into the garage and found the flames. Rhonda Adams, Lori's sister, says she managed to get her dogs and get out of the house, but says Lori is very shaken about what happened.
"We had our family gathering here. She had all our mom's stuff in there. Everything was there, her pictures, it's all just gone," Adams said.
With Christmas now less than a month away, Aaron Thibodeaux says his family will rely on other family members and friends to make it through.
"As terrible as the situation is, I guess it's the best possible case," Thibodeaux said.
No one was hurt, but investigators say the house is a total loss. Fire investigators say they're still looking into the fire, so the cause isn't known just yet.
We'll keep you updated on how the family is doing.