Fire Officials Investigate Fatal House and Brush Fire in Franklinton

Published 1:57 pm Saturday, August 19, 2023

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The State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies are actively investigating a tragic incident in Franklinton involving a house and brush fire that resulted in the death of a disabled man. The incident occurred on Thursday, August 17, at approximately 4 p.m.

Upon receiving a distress call, the Franklinton Fire Department responded to the scene,  on H.C. Rushing Road adjacent to the 21000 block of John D Wood Road. Firefighters arrived at a sizable residential property engulfed in flames, with both the house and surrounding acres. Tragically, amidst the aftermath, responders discovered an individual’s body within the home’s remnants.

While formal identification is pending, the deceased is believed to be the 72-year-old homeowner, who faced mobility challenges.

The ongoing investigation, has led deputies to preliminarily conclude that the fire originated outside the house before extending to the structure itself. On the property, evidence of multiple burn piles was observed, some situated mere feet from the residence. However, the exact status of these piles at the time of the blaze’s discovery remains undetermined.

In light of this incident, the SFM underscores a critical reminder to Louisiana residents: a comprehensive statewide burn ban remains in effect, encompassing all private burning activities. This measure was instituted due to the hazardous combination of parched conditions and elevated temperatures. Effective since 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2023, the ban shall continue until it is rescinded.