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57-year-old homeowner dies in Sulphur fire, investigation ongoing

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 16:43:51-05

CALCASIEU PARISH — State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies continue investigating the circumstances surrounding a house fire in Sulphur where a man was found dead inside.

Around 4:45 p.m. on January 28, Ward 6 Fire Protection District #1 responded to a medical call in the 3400 block of Nellie Royer Road in Sulphur. Upon arrival, firefighters learned relatives of the home's occupant had stopped by to bring him food and found him unresponsive in a bedroom. A small fire was active, officials say. The relatives had been able to put the fire out, but the SFM was called to assist with determining the origin and cause of the fire.

While official identification and cause of death are pending an autopsy, the victim is believe to be the 57-year-old homeowner who was mobility-limited.

After an assessment of the scene, deputies determined the fire began in and was limited to the bedroom where the victim was located. An exact cause remains undetermined and SFM investigators have not been able to rule out improper extinguishment of smoking materials as a contributing factor.

Deputies say they were unable to locate working smoke alarms in this home.

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