May 30, 2023



Shreveport police and firefighters rescued three children from a burning home in the Caddo Heights neighborhood Thursday morning.

Shreveport firefighters responded to a report of a fire just before 12:10 a.m. at a home in the 5200 block of Kent Avenue. When firefighters arrived, police were at the scene working to get an adult and five children ranging in ages two to six out of the burning home.

Flames and smoke were pouring from the home. An adult and two of the five children were able to escape the fire. Police officers Zack Johnson, Jeremy Jordan and Sgt. Steven Plunkett were able to get two more of the five children out of the home after breaking out a window.

Firefighters moved in to rescue the final child from the home. The three children that were rescued were taken to University Health with various degrees of burns.

“But I say thank ya’ll so much because I couldn’t do it I couldn’t be ya’ll, I’m just thankful the kids got out safe,” said neighbor and friend Stenesha Oneal.

And the mother of those children, identified as Tenesha Pipkins, also wants to thank the officers. According to the Red Cross, Pipkins said “I don’t know who they are but they are my angels and I want to meet them.”

The home was destroyed in the fire leaving the family with nothing.  Shreveport Fire Chief Louis Johnson says although it is especially tragic to lose everything on Thanksgiving, he is grateful that everyone was able to get out. “Very tragic, very tragic. But thanks to the efforts of the P.D. and the F.D., the outcome was much better than it could’ve been,” says Chief Johnson. “Still tragic on Thanksgiving morning, but we’re thankful it wasn’t any worse than this.”

The Red Cross says contributions to the family can be made directly through the Red Cross located at 805 Brook Hollow Street in Shreveport.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford expresses his pride and gratitude to the police officers and looks forward to recognizing their brave acts formally at a later time

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