90-yr-old woman escapes fire and saves neighbor


Since Sunday morning, Shreveport firefighters have been called to battle a string of house fires.

The fire department said two of the houses were vacant, one is suspected arson, and two others had people inside who had to escape. Including one where an elderly woman lives.

The most recent fire happened at 1 a.m. on Bobtail Drive. Fire officials said the homeowner heard smoke detectors and escaped safely. 

It was a scarier situation over on Durham Place Sunday evening where a house is now covered in ash. The homeowner is a 90-year-old woman who is being treated for smoke inhalation at the hospital. Her son said when he got the call, he rushed over, worried she may have fallen trying to get out. 

“On my way I just hoped I didn’t find her in the house burned up. Thank the Lord she got out,” said Lorenzo Wilson, homeowner’s son.

The flames were so intense it reached her neighbor’s house who said the elderly woman named Helen Davis saved their lives. 

“Mrs. Helen Davis my neighbor came and knocked on my door and she said get out my house caught your house on fire. She said baby get out and there was a street full of people and about four or five of the women got her by her arm and set her over there by my car,” said Myrutle Goines, neighbor.

Davis’s children said she’s recovery ok. But her house left is in ruin, including a burned piano and car outside. Her children are trying to salvage and clean what they can but say they’re just happy she’s alive. 

“Me and neighbor were saved through God last night,” Goines said

Davis and her neighbor are getting help from the Red Cross and United Way. The fire department is still investigating the cause of each of the five fires.

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