PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - A heroic neighbor is credited with saving a Plaquemine family whose home was consumed by fire overnight.
The Plaquemine Fire Chief said the fire sparked around 5:30 Saturday morning on Patureau Ln. While firefighters battled the blaze for three hours, the house was reduced to smoking ashes.
The house belonged to Mildred Henderson, a grandmother who raised generations of her family in her home. Her granddaughters, Tamika and Shantel Henderson spent much of Saturday salvaging what they could from the twisted and warped piles of chard wood and metal.
"This is our childhood house. We were born and raised in this house. All her grandkids. From the oldest to the youngest," said the Hendersons.
However, the pain of losing a place so full of memories pales in comparison to the gratitude they feel for a neighbor they are calling a hero.
"I was walking down the street and all I saw was fire coming from the back of the house. So, my instinct just told me to run," said Nick Bovay.
Nick Bovay said he ran into the burning home, and found the Henderson's grandmother in her bedroom. She refused to leave without her son who she couldn't find.
"I felt the heat from there so I had to get her out. So, I got her out. When I got her out, I ran back in there a third time, didn't see him," recalled Bovay.
After a frantic search, Bovay finally spotted Ms. Henderson's son lying behind a door. Almost overcome by smoke himself Bovay said he grabbed the man and ran out.
"I grew up with them. Their grandson is my best friend. Wasn't no way I was going to let them call him and tell them that his grandmother and his uncle and auntie dead. I wasn't going to do it," said Bovay.
Thanks to Bovay three people inside the home made it out and are recovering at the hospital from burns. As for the Good Samaritan, he said he was just doing what he was supposed to do.
"God put you in certain places for certain reason," said Bovay.
Sadly, the Hendersons said their grandmother's dog has been missing since the fire, and they fear he may be dead.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.