UPDATE: Elderly woman killed, husband critical after weekend fire in St. Amant

ST. AMANT — A 72-year-old woman tragically died in a weekend fire in Ascension Parish, the State Fire Marshal confirms.

Her 81-year-old husband, also in the home, remains in critical condition. He was discovered and rescued near the back door of the residence. The victim’s sister managed to escape through a window, sustaining minor injuries.

Authorities suspect the fire originated in the living room of the mobile home on Kelli Dr. “At this time, the cause is undetermined with the inability to rule out the possibility of improper smoking practices as a potential contributing factor,” the State Fire Marshal said in a statement.

Investigators have determined that the single smoke alarm in the residence was not operational during the fire.

“Smoke alarms save lives because they can detect a fire emergency within seconds due to the smoke produced long before flames are usually seen or felt,” said Fire Marshal Chief Bryan Adams. “That’s why it’s not only critical to have them, but to make sure they are working at all times.”

Photos showed intense flames engulfing the mobile home, leaving behind only charred remnants once firefighters extinguished the blaze.

The Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office, Ascension Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and both ground and air units with Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene.

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