Nov 29, 2012 7:32 PM
Patterson, LA - Early Thursday morning State Fire Marshal investigators responded to a residential fire in the community of Patterson which claimed the life of a 78 year old man.
Just after 2:40 a.m. on Thursday, firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire at 136 Shady Grove Drive, Patterson. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the home to be involved in flames. After extinguishing the fire, it was determined that one of the home's occupants had not escaped the fire. A second occupant, who had escaped, was able to provide officials with details concerning the fire. Fire officials requested assistance from the State Fire Marshal's Office to determine the origin and cause of the fire.
The sole survivor told investigators that she was awakened during the night by her husband and by the sound of smoke detectors alerting. She observed that the bedding under which they were sleeping was on fire. Both she and her husband attempted to extinguish the fire to no avail. "When the smoke became too thick to adequately breathe, she informed her husband that she was getting out of the home. She says that her husband remained behind attempting to extinguish the flames. His body was found in the area of the master bedroom," said Brant L. Thompson Deputy Chief with the state fire marshal's office.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning stated, "We have no conclusion at this time, but we will be working in hopes of finding answers to this tragic loss of life."
An autopsy is being performed on the deceased victim and the investigation into the cause is continuing. All names are being withheld at this time.