CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - Firefighters are crediting a passerby with contacting them about a house fire in which a family and pets were rescued early Tuesday morning.
The Central Fire Department said an alert truck driver called 911 while crossing the Magnolia Bridge in Central to report seeing a house on fire around 2:30 a.m.
Firefighters said they later discovered an elevated house along the Amite River off Greenwell Springs Road burning.
Fire officials reported because of the condition of the gravel driveway leading to the house, the fire truck could only make it halfway there.
They added they were able to get some of the equipment to the home using a pickup truck and called for the grass fire truck, which has four-wheel drive with a water tank and pump.
Capt. Derek Glover said when crews made it to the house they found the porch on fire and smoke filling the inside of the home.
He added the family was actually awoken by firefighters banging on the doors and windows. Firefighters helped get all seven people and their five dogs out safely.
Investigators said the home did not have a working smoke alarm.
Firefighters are trying to identify the trucker, who they said prevented what could have been "a very tragic situation."