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Oakdale man dies in Thursday afternoon house fire

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Posted at 9:54 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 10:54:50-05

ALLEN PARISH — An Oakdale man has died following a house fire on Thursday afternoon.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says they are investigating the circumstances surrounding that house fire in Oakdale located in the 600 block of N. 17th Street.

Around 2:30 p.m. on February 11, the Oakdale Fire Department responded to the call for a house fire. They later discovered the body of a man in a bedroom. While official identification and cause of death are pending an autopsy, the victim is believed to be a 56-year-old male resident of the home, officials said.

Deputies determined the fire originated in the home’s living room. An exact cause remains undetermined, but deputies say they cannot rule out the possibility of an unattended space heater placed too closely to combustible objects as a contributing factor.

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