Overnight fire claims life of Ville Platte man

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 11:20am

VILLE PLATTE, LA — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a home fire that has claimed the life of one man.

The Ville Platte Fire Department responded shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15 to a home on West Hickory Street that was on fire. Firefighters arrived minutes later to discover that the residence was fully involved in flames. There were two people in the home at the time of the fire; one person did escape without injuries. Despite the heroic efforts of first responders the other occupant died inside the home.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to investigate this tragic fire. Investigators identified the deceased man as Irving Antoine, 51; he was found in his bedroom. The fire is still under investigation and no determinations have been made at this time. There were no working smoke alarms operating at the time of the fire.

“This is a very sad death; we all hurt when the power of a fire takes a life," Butch Browning, State Fire Marshal, said. "We will be working to determine the cause of this fire and help to assist the family cope with this tragedy. We remind all citizens that you must have working smoke alarms in your home,”

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