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64-year-old St. Landry Parish man dies in house fire

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Scene of deadly house fire in Washington.

News Release from State Fire Marshal on Friday night....

ST. LANDRY PARISH- State Fire Marshal deputies continue investigating a house fire in Washington that claimed the life of a male resident.

Just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, St. Landry Fire District #3 responded to a report of a house fire located in the 600 block of Pointe Verde in Washington. Unfortunately, firefighters later located a male victim in a bedroom being utilized for storage.

While identification and cause of death are pending an autopsy by the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office, the victim is believed to be the 64-year-old, disabled tenant of the home.

After an assessment of the scene, SFM deputies have been able to determine the fire began in the living room/kitchen area of the home which was located on the opposite end of the home from where the victim was located.

The home being almost 100 years old, and the quality of the home due to that age, has made this investigation difficult when it comes to determining an official cause of this fire, however, deputies have been unable to rule out the possibility of an electrical malfunction as a contributing factor.

So far in 2023, half of the fatal fires deputies have investigated have involved disabled victims and all of the fatal fires have been in structures without working smoke alarms.