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Update: No working detectors in home of Ruston fatal

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News ) - UPDATE: Fire officials say there were NO working smoke detectors in the home where a Ruston man died Wednesday night.

Wednesday evening, the state fire marshal responded to investigate a residential structure fire in Lincoln Parish that claimed the life of a 58-year-old Ruston resident.

At 7:10 P.M., Ruston firefighters were dispatched to 2005 Beech Street. Upon arrival, a single story home was found heavily involved in fire and venting flames at the rear of the home. An occupant who had escaped the blaze told firefighters that the other occupant of the home had not yet exited the burning structure.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters located the body of 58 year old Robert Nelson in a bathroom in the southwestern portion of the home. State Fire Marshal Investigators were called upon to assist Ruston officials with determining the cause of this deadly fire.

The surviving occupant, 76 year old Jeri Rhodes, told investigators she discovered the fire burning in the rear of the home. Rhodes, who is the mother of Nelson and already awake at the time, alerted Nelson to the fire. Nelson assisted Rhodes in exiting the burning home, closing the door behind her, presumably to attempt to extinguish the fire. Nelson was never seen alive again.

Fire patterns observed by investigators last night were consistent with a fire originating in the area reported by Rhodes. Investigators returned to the scene today to continue their efforts to identify the cause of the fire.

At this time, it is believed the home was not equipped with working smoke alarms.

Previous Report:

RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - One person has died in a house fire in Ruston.

Ruston firefighters tell KNOE 8 News that the fire broke out Wednesday night, at a home at Beechwood Avenue and Dogwood Street.

The family who lives in the house was home at the time of the fire.  All but one of them was able to be pulled to safety by firefighters.

So far, no other details are available. 

 

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