SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – One person is dead after firefighters pulled two people from a burning home in north Shreveport on Friday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to the 200 block of Plano St. at 2:50 p.m. to find heavy flames and smoke billowing from the front door and under the eaves of the single-family home in Lakeside. A sitter called for help and said the stove was on fire before she tried to assist a disabled elderly man out of the home.
Firefighters found Lawson Schuford Jr. and the woman collapsed inside, unconscious and not breathing. Both were given CPR and transported to Ochsner LSU Health hospital. Rescue workers managed to get a pulse on both of them, but they remained unconscious by the time they were taken by EMS. Officials say they believe both suffered from heavy smoke inhalation.
Schuford, 89, died of his injuries an hour later at 3:50 p.m.
It took the crew of 26 firefighters 32 minutes to put out the blaze. They say the home suffered heavy damage and appears to be a total loss.
Officials say the fire appeared to begin in the kitchen, which sustained heavy fire damage. Smoke damage was also observed throughout the home and the garage. The cause of the fire and Schuford’s cause of death are still under investigation.
This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.