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Victim ID'd in fatal Morgan City house fire, investigation ongoing

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jul 03, 2020

State Fire Marshal deputies are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a fatal house fire in Morgan City earlier this week that claimed the life of the homeowner.

The Morgan City Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 600 block of Aucoin Street around 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30. Firefighters discovered the body of an elderly male at the home's front door.

The victim has been identified as the homeowner, 79-year-old Water Garman.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office determined that the fire originated in the kitchen and was likely caused by a grease fire on the stove. Smoke alarms were present and working at the time of the fire.

The SFM is reminding residents that unless a kitchen fire is small enough to be extinguished by placing a lid on the pot or pan on fire, or with a fire extinguisher, that the best practice is always to get out, stay out, and call 911.

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