New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-06-10 17:00:00 –
A Hammond man died early Wednesday in a fire involving a mobile home, according to the state fire marshal’s office.
According to a news release released by the state fire authorities, the Hammond Regional Fire Department answered a call about a mobile home fire on the Old Covington Highway just before 12:30 am on Wednesday. A man’s body was found inside.
Officials said the identity and cause of death of the man had not yet been officially disclosed until an investigation was conducted by the Tangipahoa parish coroner’s office. However, investigators believe he was 61 years old who lived in a mobile home.
The fire department has not yet identified what caused the flame, but says it believes the fire started outside the house.
Authorities say “improper disposal of smoking material” may have started it.
“This is an unfortunate loss for this man’s family who wants other families to learn,” state fire marshal H. “Butch” Browning said in a news release. “It begins with recognizing that small precautions, such as putting cigarettes in a fire-fighting container or ashtray at a safe distance from flammable materials, can actually mean saving lives.”
State fire authorities are investigating the case with the Louisiana Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Department and the Hammond Fire Department.
James Finn wrote in The Advocate as a member of the Report For America Corps.Email him JFinn@theadvocate.com Or follow him on Twitter @ RJamesFinn.
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