House fire kills one in Caddo Parish

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 10:30am

Investigators are still looking into the cause of a fatal house fire that happened in a Caddo Parish neighborhood Monday afternoon.

The fire started just after 1 p.m. at a home on the 4300 block of Tacoma Boulevard.  As soon as the fire was under control, firefighters did a search and found an elderly man in his eighties dead in a bedroom.

Fire Chief Dan Cotten told us that it appears that the fire likely started in the bedroom near where the man was found.  "There was one large dog that perished also, and I understand that the dog stood with him constantly."

Chief Cotten said that the man who lived at the home was a well-known person in the neighborhood.  A Caddo firehouse is near the man's home, which is how some of the Caddo firefighters knew the man personally.  "The fire chief was a little concerned.  I know that he knew him and had some concern about him," Chief Cotten told us.  "I understand he was quite an energetic man."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but they do not believe it was anything electrical despite the large amount of holiday decorations at the home.  "Right now, from what we observe, it just looks like human error," Chief Cotten explained.

The name of the man has not yet been released.

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