DENHAM SPRINGS — A 7-year-old has died after a fire early Monday morning in Livingston Parish, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal says. His name will not be released since he is a minor, according to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.
The fire broke out shortly after midnight in the Eastover Estates Mobile Home Park off Hwy. 16 near Pete’s Hwy. in Denham Springs.
Livingston Fire District 5’s Fire Chief Joe Koczrowski said they responded to a mobile home fully engulfed in the 8700 block of Caliente Avenue around 12:08am.
“There were a total of four children and one adult in the home at the time of the fire,” said the chief. “The woman got three children out but by the time she went back for her nephew, the fire had completely taken over and she couldn’t get inside.”
It’s why firefighters found the seven year old boy in the hallway of the home. Because there was a fatality, it’s standard procedure for the responding agency to report it to the Louisiana Fire Marshal’s Office.
The official cause of the fire is under investigation but the preliminary investigation reveals the fire may have started in or near the kitchen. It appears to be an accidental electrical fire at this time.
The State Fire Marshal’s investigators said they found numerous extension cords, power strips and decorative lighting strands connected throughout the home and being used to power multiple electronics and high-wattage appliances. They added there were no working smoke alarms in the mobile home.
It took firefighters about 45 mins to get the fully engulfed mobile home fire under control. Officials remained on scene until 4:30am fighting hotspots.
Red Cross is assisting the woman and three children. Their home has been deemed a complete loss.