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Fire totally destroys rural home

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Katy Garland, 19, was asleep on the second floor of her parents’ home at 9780 White Lightning Road, when a smoke detector went off shortly before 8 a.m. She first dialed 911 then used a garden hose in an unsuccessful effort to stop the blaze.

Parish firefighters responded and were able to get one pumper truck close to the two-story frame house. But luck turned against the firefighters, Parish Chief Dennis Ford said.

“I had it (the fire) cut off,” Ford said. “We had the majority of the fire knocked down a little bit after 8 a.m., but we ran out of water.”

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