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Six Children Die In Early Morning Trailer Fire

April 10, 1990

LAROSE, La. (AP) _ Fire engulfed a mobile home Tuesday and killed six children, ranging in age from 9 months to 12 years, although relatives living nearby rushed to help save the youngsters.

Their parents escaped with two other children who weren’t harmed.

″We ran over there to the trailer. My daughter was coming out the window with the baby,″ said Irene Allen, the victims’ grandmother. ″She fell, but she didn’t let the baby fall, she fell. And I grabbed the baby, and I asked her where the other children were.″

″The smoke was coming into our faces,″ said Lorianne Davis, mother of the victims. ″My husband jumped out the window in the bedroom. He was calling me, he said, ‘Come on, Lori, come on.’ but I went back to try to get them. And then I jumped out. That’s when my leg snapped.″

Mrs. Davis, 29, was treated for a knee injury and released. Her husband, Johnnell, 34, was in stable condition at Lady of the Sea Hospital in Galliano with second-degree burns over 10 percent of his body, a hospital spokesman said.

The family had just moved the trailer to the area Monday, neighbors said. The trailer had no power and was connected by a single extension cord to another power source. Fire officials said they were investigating the possibility that the extension cord may have caused the fire.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Duffy J. Breaux identified the dead as Cassandra Davis, 12; Johnell Davis Jr., 11; Kerry Ann Davis, 10; Larraine Marie Davis, 6; Laura Davis, 5; Jester Davis, 9 months.

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