Elton man, dog killed in weekend house fire

Published 11:27 am Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Authorities are looking into the fire that claimed the lives of an Elton man and his dog over the weekend.

The two died in the fire which broke out at a home located in the 8500 block of U.S. 190 in Elton around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Ashley Rodrigue, spokesperson for the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Jeff Davis Fire District No. 6 responded to the fire and later found the man in the living room area of the home, she said. The dog was found nearby.

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Authorities believe the victim to be the 67-year-old homeowner. An official identification and cause of death are pending with the Jeff Davis Parish Coroner’s Office, according to Rodrigue.

Deputies determined that the fire began near where the victim was found. However, the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Deputies have been unable to rule out the possibility of unsafe heating practices or an electrical malfunction associated with improper use of extension cords, Rodrigue said.

Deputies were unable to locate working smoke alarms in the home.