Ponchatoula man dead after camp fire on Tangipahoa River
LEE’S LANDING – Investigators believe a wood burning stove was the cause of a deadly fire at a camp on the Tangipahoa River that left one man dead and one woman with burns.
State and local fire investigators responded to a fire at a camp on the Tangipahoa River near Ponchatoula Saturday around 11 p.m.
Officials say the fire was reported by other campers after 54-year-old Elizabeth P. Piner fled the burning camp driving a boat to another camp for help.
Piner was awakened by the effects of smoke and after being unable to find her friend, 57-year-old Joel Hall, she drove Hall’s boat to a nearby camp for help.
Investigators said Piner had 2nd-degree burns to her hands and forearms and lesser burns to her face and head. She was transported to the Baton Rouge General Medical Center by helicopter.
Firefighters found Hall’s body in the kitchen area after the fire was extinguished.
Investigators said the origin of the fire was near the wood burning stove, which would indicate an accidental cause.
The camp was located about four miles from Lee’s Landing Marina. The fire destroyed the structure.