Mobile home fire in Ascension Parish leaves woman dead, her husband and sister hurt

ST. AMANT, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office says a woman died in a weekend mobile home fire in St. Amant.

Investigators said two other residents were injured in the fire which St. Amant firefighters responded to after 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 in the 10000 block of Kelli Drive.

One woman escaped the fire through a window and helped rescue an 81-year-old man, according to SFM. The woman had minor injuries and the man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, investigators said.

The woman who died was identified as a 72-year-old homeowner. Officials said she was believed to be the wife of the man and the sister of the woman who escaped. Identification and an official cause of death are pending with the coroner’s office, according to SFM.

SFM deputies determined that the fire started in the home’s living room.

“At this time, the cause is undetermined with the inability to rule out the possibility of improper smoking practices as a potential contributing factor,” SFM said in a news release.

Deputies found that there was one smoke alarm in the home but witnesses said it was not working when the fire happened.

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“Smoke alarms save lives because they can detect a fire emergency within seconds due to the smoke produced long before flames are usually seen or felt,” said State Fire Marshal Chief Bryan J. Adams. “That’s why it’s not only critical to have them, but to make sure they are working at all times.”

Adams said Louisiana residents can take advantage of the agency’s free smoke alarm installation program, Operation Save-A-Life. People can register for a free installation online or contact their local fire department.

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