CROWLEY – A trailer at The Welcome House, a homeless shelter in Crowley which houses several people, caught fire at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday evening and was completely gutted. A structure next to the trailer suffered minor damage. There were no injuries reported.
To speak with some of the residents at the Welcome House, it was a blessing in a way.
“We were all in church when the fire started and if we hadn’t been, I’m sure the two ladies that lived in that trailer would have been burned,” said Welcome House resident Henry “Papa” Jackson. “It truly was a blessing.”
“Actually the trailer was about to be torn down anyway,” said Henry’s wife and Welcome House Assistant Manager Helen Jackson. “That and the fact that we were in church at the time . . . he (pointing to the sky) did that.”
It was a blessing perhaps for all with the exception of the two women who lived in the trailer and lost all of their belongings. For those wishing to help these women out in their time of need, their clothes sizes are large to 12/14 and their shoe sizes are nine and ten. They are also in need of other basic necessities such as coats, pajama, and socks. Those wishing to help can call the Welcome House at (337) 783-7066.
Some of the residents said that they thought a space heater may have been responsible for the blaze. The Crowley Fire Department, however, stated that the cause of the fire was still under investigation.
The Post Signal will disclose any other information as it becomes available.