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Four family members die in Vernon Parish mobile home fire

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago Monday, October 05 2020 Oct 5, 2020 October 05, 2020 6:53 AM October 05, 2020 in News
Source: Associated Press

HORNBECK, La. (AP) — Four family members were killed when their mobile home caught fire late at night, according to Louisiana authorities.

The Hornbeck Fire Department was dispatched to the mobile home late Friday on a report of a trailer fire with people trapped inside, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a statement.

Firefighters located the body of a 57-year-old man and his 54-year-old wife inside, as well as a 31-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, officials said. Two pet dogs also died in the blaze.

Two adults were able to escape the fire unharmed.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said deputies believed the fire was electrical and reported that the family had recently connected a generator directly into their electrical outlets when Hurricane Laura knocked out their power.

The family had also turned their heater on for the first time this fall season the night of the fire, deputies said.

The official cause remained undetermined Monday and identifications and causes of death were pending autopsies by the Vernon Parish Coroner’s Office.

Hornbeck is about 67 miles (108 kilometers) west of Alexandria.

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