GEISMAR, La (BRPROUD) – Geismar Fire Department responded to a trailer fire on Sunday where they later found the body of a juvenile inside the residence. The trailer fire was on the 37000 block of Cornerview Rd. and occurred around 2:30 p.m.
The body, now confirmed to be a 6-year-old male was found. The victim is believed to be a resident of the home next door to where the fire occurred.
Following an assessment of the scene, deputies determined the victim and two siblings, ages 9 and 4, had been playing on the trailer in front of a relative’s home, which was next door to their home. Adults were present inside both homes at the time of the fire.
Witness statements revealed that the children had possession of a lighter and used it to light a small pile of combustible objects as though it was a campfire. While the other two children were able to escape unharmed, the 6-year-old was trapped and died.
“There is no other way to describe this other than purely tragic,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “While we are keeping this child and his family in our prayers, we’re also pleading with other families to learn from this devastating loss.”