Fire Rescue

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 5:23pm

One grandmother is counting her blessings, even as parts of her beloved home are reduced to ash. It started out as a usual night for Frieda Frazier and the five kids who were staying with her, but before they knew it, it turned into a race against the flames and the smoke.

Frazier says, “In the dark, you see the reflection of flames, then I knew that I had to move, and more real fast.” It was around 11 Sunday night when 68-year-old Freida Frazier realized her home was on fire. The problem: she had five children under the age of 14 staying with her. She yelled to wake up the oldest, Treyvon Brown. Treyvon says, “I was choking woke up, my stomach was hurting, and you could smell the smoke. I saw the flames in my grandmother’s room.” Treyvon went with his grandmother, trying to wake up the others. It was the that Baton Rouge police officer Alan Hamilton spotted the problem. He rushed to help with two fellow officers.

In all, five children, Frazier, and her 94 year old mother made it out unharmed. Now in the morning light, Frazier faces her home of 42 years, severely damaged in minutes from a trash fire that hadn’t been completely extinguished. It is a family with hope and each other hoping to find a way to rebuild in the ashes.

Now Frieda Frazier hopes to rebuild the home, but her insurance won’t cover it. She says she’s looking for any help she can get.