Louisiana Fire Marshal investigating mobile home fire that claimed the life of a child

State Fire Marshal deputies continue to investigate a fire in Church Point that killed a child and injured her parents and sibling.

The Church Point Fire Department responded about 10 a.m. Nov. 12 to a call about a mobile home fire in the 100 block of Saint Zeno Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found the mother and an 8-year-old boy outside of the home and the father attempting to rescue another child still inside, according to a news release from the fire marshal.

The body of a little girl later was found in the home’s living room. At this time, official identification and cause of death are pending with the parish Coroner’s Office, but the victim is believed to be a 4-year-old resident of the home who had an upcoming birthday.

Deputies determined the fire began in the living room area. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but deputies have not ruled out the possibility of an electrical malfunction or improper use of smoking materials as potential contributing factors.

According to authorities, they were unable to locate working smoke alarms in the home. The fire marshal's office reminds all Louisiana residents that smoke alarms have proven to be the difference between life and death in a fire emergency.

"While many fire hazards can lead to tragedy in our homes, one of the most common fatal home fire causes, electrical malfunction, can be avoided by having a licensed electrician inspect and repair any concerning electrical activity," the fire marshal's release said.

Operation Save-A-Life can help anyone needing assistance obtaining smoke alarms for their home. To learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, or to register for a free smoke alarm, visit lasfm.org or contact the local fire department to request a free smoke alarm installation.

The fire marshal recommends teaching children that smoking materials, like lighters, are not toys and to keep those objects out of the reach of children.

This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: Fire Marshal investigates Church Point mobile home fire that killed child