A Covington mother and her four children barely escape a fire that destroyed their home.
The State Fire Marshal says it started around 1:00 in the morning Thursday at the family’s home in the 200 block of West Edwards Street.
It’s suspected an air condition unit sparked the fire at the Covington home where Jessica Chatman and her four children, Rodney, Justin, Oshiri and Sa’mia were inside sleeping.
Neighbor Aaron Herbert says an explosion woke him up, “I got my son up and I said, ‘man the house is on fire,’ and the lady was in the middle of the street hollering.”
Once Herbert got outside, the panic stricken mother was screaming for her kids. That’s when Herbert’s says his 38-year-old step son instinctively ran inside the burning house, “He said, “dad, let me get it.” And he ran in there. He got the boy out.”
When firefighters arrived both boys were safe but the 6-year-old twins were still inside, “The two girls were in the back window right there.”
Hebert says Chatman, clutching her boys in the street, watched helplessly as firefighters went after her two daughters, “Busted the window, got in there and come out with the little girls and man, they were lifeless. The girl has burns on like 75% of her body. It’s a terrible thing to happen during Christmas.”
A neighbor tells WGNO Chatman works two full-time jobs.
The same neighbor also shared a photo taken just before the fire, “His name is Rodney. He’s four. He was waiting for Santa Clause. He says he was going to sleep under the Christmas tree. She posted this on her social network 30 to 45 minutes prior to the home catching on fire.”
Chatman is with her two daughters being treated at a Galveston, Texas burn center.
The official cause of the fire has not been released.