Residents safe, few pets missing after Slidell condo fire

Residents safe, few pets missing after Slidell condo fire

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Several families were left homeless Sunday morning after a fire broke out in a Slidell condominium complex.

Firefighters were called to the scene just before 1 a.m. after a fire started in the Act X(10) Condominiums in the 4500 block of Pontchartrain Drive. According to officials with the St. Tammany Parish Fire District 1, the fire started in the apartment complex's lone stairwell, trapping several people on the second story.

Residents threw their children into the arms of firefighters and police officers before jumping to safety, according to the STPFD. Every one made it our of the condominium complex alive.

In total, 12 people were rescued by the 19 units that arrived on the scene. The fire took around an hour and a half to get under control. Firefighters can not enter the build, according to the STPFD, because the structural integrity has been compromised.

"We were very fortunate that no one lost their life," Fire Chief Chris Kaufmann said. "Our number one priority was to rescue the trapped occupants. I am especially grateful to our firefighters for their hard work and for the help that we received from our law enforcement agencies and Acadian Ambulance". 

One firefighter sustained minor injuries fighting the blaze.

While all residents made it out alive, several pets are still missing according to the STPFD.

The American Red Cross also responded to the scene to assist the families who were displaced. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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