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Mar 21, 2013 8:42 AM by AP

Couple die in Patterson house fire

PATTERSON, La. (AP) - Investigators suspect an early-morning house fire in Patterson that killed two people began when a third person fell asleep while cooking a meal.

The Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office tells The Advocate Patterson firefighters responded to the fire at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters later discovered the bodies of 68-year-old Clarence Watson and 67-year-old Barbara Hall in a bedroom.

The fire marshal's office says 20-year-old Demetrious Owens, a grandson of Hall who lived with the couple, awoke to a burning kitchen, escaped the home and flagged down a passing police car.

Officials say the home was not equipped with smoke alarms.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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