Woman dies in fatal house fire

EAST FELICIANA PARISH- The State Fire Marshal’s (SFM) Office is investigating a fatal house fire that killed a woman staying in the home.

On Dec. 22 at around 5:15 p.m., the Jackson Fire Department, along with other local agencies, responded to the house fire located in the 2700 block of Carolyn Sue Drive.

Officials say firefighters recovered a 52-year-old woman’s body in a bedroom. Official identification and cause of death are pending with the parish coroner’s office at this time. The woman was staying at the home with the tenant, who wasn’t there at the time of the fire.

Following an assessment of the scene and conducting witness statements, deputies determined the fire began in the living room area. While the investigation into the exact cause of the fire continues, deputies have been unable to rule out the possibility of an electrical malfunction or improper smoking practices as potential contributing factors.

Officials say deputies did not find any working smoke alarms in the home.

The SFM wants to stress to all Louisiana residents that smoke alarms have proven to be the difference between life and death in a fire emergency. If you need assistance obtaining smoke alarms for your home, Operation Save-A-Life can help. To learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, or to register for a free smoke alarm, visit lasfm.org or contact your local fire department to request a free smoke alarm installation.

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