OUACHITA PARISH, La. (LA State Fire Marshal) - UPDATE: 2/13/19 12:15pm
The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office has released new details about a deadly house fire in Ouachita Parish.
In a news release, an official with State Fire Marshal's office says the man killed in the fire was the home's 92-year-old owner, and that the fire started in the living room.
The release says on Tuesday evening, February 12, the Ouachita Parish Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 600 block of Howard Brown Road in West Monroe. That's when firefighters found the man's body in the kitchen.
Official identification and preliminary cause of death are pending with the Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Office.
While collecting witness statements, investigators learned the homeowner’s daughter had been at the home just before the fire. She told investigators she returned to her home down the street to prepare dinner for him and her family. During that time, her husband saw the fire from down the street. He told investigators he ran to the home to find his father-in-law but was unsuccessful.
While the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time, investigators do not consider it to be suspicious.
ORIGINAL STORY: 2/13/19 12:44am
Louisiana State Fire Marshal along with Ouachita Parish Fire Department were all on the scene at at a home on Howard Brown Road. KNOE was told the State Fire Marshals Office is investigating at this time.
KNOE is still waiting on an official statement, one neighbor, who saw flames, said it's a tragic loss. He described the victim as someone who was very kind with a big heart and a contagious sense of humor.
We’ll update this post as we get more details.