Bay St. Louis fire victims are thankful for their lives - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Bay St. Louis fire victims are thankful for their lives

Whitney and Anthony LaFrance stand in front of their burned home. (Photo source: WLOX News) Whitney and Anthony LaFrance stand in front of their burned home. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

A Bay St. Louis couple will have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. They escaped their burning house with their lives. We first told you about Whitney and Anthony LaFrance's horrifying experience last week. Whitney was released from USA Burn Center in Mobile Monday night.

The couple spoke with WLOX about their near death experience Tuesday afternoon. Five days after fire destroyed their home Whitney LaFrance got her first look at the damage.

"I really thought I was going to die," said Whitney.

It was after midnight when Whitney said something woke her up.

"So I got up and went into the kitchen and saw there were flames outside the kitchen window," she added. "I hollered his name. He got up and I was trying to fill a pitcher with water. I didn't realized how big the flames were until he opened the door and flames flew in."

The couple knew they had to get out, but the front door was the only way out so they were forced to run through the flames .

"He grabbed my hand to run out, but I let go because I saw flames everywhere covering the porch and I just froze and freaked out," said Whitney.

When Anthony realized his wife wasn't behind him he went back in after her. By that time burning insulation and sheet-rock began to fall from the ceiling.

"The flames spread so fast it barely gave us time to react," said Whitney.

Whitney sustained second and third degree burns on her foot. Her husband thinks he knows what caused the blaze. He had recently taken measures to protect their two dogs from the freezing temperatures.

Anthony said, "I moved the dogs on the porch because it got below 32 degrees. So I got them a heat lamp and a bail of hay to try to keep them warmer. I'm assuming they pulled the heat lamp down and it landed in the hay and eventually caught fire."

The couple lost everything, but know they are lucky to be alive. The couple said they have been through a lot. They lost everything during Hurricane Katrina. And two years ago today they lost their infant son. If you can help them rebuild their lives a benefit account has been set up at Hancock Bank in Whitney and Anthony's names.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly