Gonzales woman dies in camper fire

State fire marshal deputies are investigating a fatal camper fire in Gonzales that killed a female resident on Nov. 30.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, Ascension Fire District #7 responded to the report of a camper fire located on the 42000 block of Lillie Babin Road.

When firefighters arrived, officials say they spotted a female victim near the front door.

The Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office hasn’t released the victim’s identity or cause of death yet, but authorities believe the victim is the 47-year-old resident of the home.


After an assessment of the scene and collecting witness statements, authorities determined the fire started in a bedroom.

At this time, deputies have been unable to rule out several possible causes of this fire including potential electrical-related, smoking-related, and candle-related factors.

Officials say deputies were unable to confirm that there were working smoke alarms in the camper. The SFM stresses to all Louisiana residents that smoke alarms have proven to be the difference between life and death in a fire emergency, no matter the type of home. 

If you need assistance obtaining smoke alarms for your home, Operations Save-A-Life can help. To learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, visit our website at lasfm.org.

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