Ville Platte fire kills 106-year-old retired police officer
VILLE PLATTE - The Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office says a house fire has killed a 106-year-old Ville Platte man who had lived on his own until about 1 ½ years ago.
A news release says Edward Thomas Jr., nicknamed "Knotoe," was alone when fire apparently broke out Saturday in the attic of the house where he lived with his daughter and son-in-law.
Investigators don't yet know what started the fire.
The statement says Thomas was a Ville Platte police officer for 25 years, fixed vehicle radiators, and drove his own truck until he was 100 years old. He was 101 during the Evangeline Parish centennial in 2009, and the parish Police Jury recognized him as older than the parish. The street where he used to live was named in his honor in 2012.