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In Carhaix, Louis was able to save the occupants of a burning building – Bretagne

Déborah, occupant of an apartment on the ground floor of the building located at 46 avenue Charles-de Gaulle in Carhaix, is still in shock. When she came to see the damage in her building this Saturday morning, the young woman saw Louis Le Dantec there again, to whom she feels very indebted today. This young man was spending the evening with friends on the top floor of the building when the fire broke out in the basement of the building, in the middle of the night. “Everyone was freaking out,” she recalls.

“Louis broke in”

Louis would be one of the first to realize that there was a fire starting. He hurriedly warned the occupants of the three-storey building, telling them not to panic. Several of them were prostrate or in total panic. “We were in bed but I started to smell smoke. I called my friend, Erick. Through the window, we saw flames coming out of the cellar. And Louis burst into our apartment to tell us to get out,” says Déborah. Louis, who regularly takes training to learn how to keep calm in all circumstances, has taken matters into his own hands. He initially sought to locate the fire and quickly realized that the basement was on fire when he opened the door to the stairwell leading to the cellar. “It was then that the smoke spread throughout the building,” he said.

From the avenue du Général-de Gaulle, the building bore no marks of the fire of the night. (The Telegram/Jean-Noël Potin)

“Don’t make an air call”

While waiting for the firefighters, who had been quickly alerted, he asked the 13 occupants of this social apartment building “not to open the doors of their accommodation so as not to call for air. I hosed down the door leading to the cellar, and I tripped the electricity meter”. “I went to get them one by one, telling them not to open the door until I was there. I told them to hold my hand to come down. I made several round trips. At the time, it was fine, but this morning, my legs are sawn off, ”he admits.

After 3 a.m., around thirty firefighters began their intervention, which lasted for at least two hours. Fortunately, no injuries or casualties were caused by the fire. All the occupants of this apartment building had to be evacuated and relocated by the city. Apart from the smoke which spread, the dwellings did not suffer any particular damage. The basement, on the other hand, was badly affected. The occupants won’t be able to return to their homes anytime soon, but they are all safe and sound, thanks in large part to Louis’ intervention. “I’m so glad nobody has anything,” she says. I am anxious by nature and if I had been alone at home, I would have panicked and would not have known what to do”. According to the gendarmerie, which opened an investigation, the causes of the fire are still undetermined.

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