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Man Dies In Converse House Fire

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State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a house fire in Converse that claimed the life of a male occupant.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 11:33 AM

SABINE PARISH- State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a house fire in Converse that claimed the life of a male occupant.
Around 8 p.m. on August 6, the Sabine North Fire District responded to the 15000 block of Highway 174 in Converse for a report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived, they discovered the 60-year-old, physically disabled male homeowner deceased.
The official cause of death and identification are pending an autopsy by the Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office.
During the investigation, SFM deputies learned the bed-bound victim was utilizing an oxygen machine while smoking. Preliminary autopsy results and evidence gathered from the scene indicate the fire originated with the oxygen machine near the victim, then fire quickly spread throughout the structure. The victim’s wife attempted to rescue him, but was driven away by flames and smoke.

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