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Farmerville man dies in house fire

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - State Fire Marshal Investigators are on the scene of a fatal fire that happened Friday morning in Farmerville.
       
Farmerville firefighters were called to 609 Cedar Street to where a single story homes was on fire. After the fire was brought under control, the body of 48-year-old Michael Gilder was discovered inside.

State Fire Marshal Investigators are assisting Farmerville authorities in determining the cause for this fire which has been determined to have started in the kitchen area.

A second occupant, and nephew of the victim, told investigators he first smelled smoke and then discovered smoke coming from the kitchen. Due to the heavy smoke, he was unable to reach the bathroom where he heard his uncle calling for help.

The nephew escaped through a window without injury. Reportedly the victim required use of a cane to walk and his mobility impairment may have been a factor in his inability to escape the fire.

Although the exact cause of the fire has not been identified, unsafe cooking practices have not been ruled out as a possible cause.

Investigators say the home was not equipped with functional smoke alarms at the time of the fire.

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