POSTED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 7:03am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:46pm
CENTRAL, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE: The Central Fire Department says this morning's fire was caused by "discared smoking materials," and started on the porch of the house.
A truck driver, who has been identified as Brandon Leblanc, saw the flames from the Magnolia Bridge, and called 911.
Fire officials credit Leblanc from preventing the fire from turning tragic.
Seven people were asleep inside the house, which did not have any smoke detectors when the fire started.
Firefighters went back to the house around 10:30 this morning, and installed smoke detectors.
ORIGINAL STORY: Central firefighters saved seven people and five dogs, from a burning house on January 28.
According to the Central Fire Department, a truck driver noticed the house burning while driving on the Magnolia Bridge, and called 911.
Firefighters responded to the house around 2:30 a.m. and woke the people inside. The fire department said the house did not have a working smoke alarm.
The Central Fire Department believes if it the truck driver had not called, the situation could have turned tragic.
Initially, firefighters could not get a fire truck to the house, located off Grenwell Springs Road, because of the condition of its gravel driveway.
Firefighters then had to use a four-wheel drive truck equipped with a water tank and pump, to reach the burning house.
Officials say the fire was extinguished without any injuries.
Photos courtesy of Central Fire Department