Bay firefighters rescue man from burning home

Two Bay St. Louis firefighters are being hailed as heros today after they pulled a man from a burning home on Bookter Street Monday evening.

Bay St. Louis Fire Chief Fred Butts said his department received a call about a house fire at 518 Bookter Street at around 5 p.m. Monday.

Butts said the fire was reported by a neighbor and when firefighters arrived they noticed flames coming from the front of the small white home.

Capt. Monty Strong and Fireman Gary Catalano Jr. entered the burning home and discovered the homeowner, Daniel Lafontaine, lying on the floor in the kitchen, Butts said.

The two firefighters were able to carry Lafontaine to safety outside the home and other firefighters extinguished the blaze, Butts said.

“They saved the man’s life,” Butts said. “All of the training these guys do really paid off in this case.”

Lafontaine suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital by American Medical Response, but he is expected to recover, Butts said.

After the fire department quelled the fire, a white bucket with a suspicious material was discovered in the home.

Butts said the Biloxi bomb squad was called to investigate the bucket and white substance. He said it is police protocol to call in the bomb squad for anything suspicious. The white substance was determined to be powdered milk, Butts said.

BY: Dwayn Bremer

The Sea Coast Echo

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