DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRProud) – A Denham Springs woman who was injured in a house fire last week has died at an area hospital, according to the State Fire Marshal (SFM).
Around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24 firefighters in Livingston Parish responded to a house fire in the 12000 block of Alysha Drive. When they arrived firefighters located two occupants on the outside of the structure. One woman, 67, was suffering from severe burn injuries while her daughter, 48, suffered minor burn injuries to her hands. Both the mother and daughter were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
On Wednesday, April 29, the 67-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries.
A State Fire Marshal investigation found the victim was living with and being cared for by the daughter and the victim’s son-in-law. According to witness statements, the victim was left alone her bedroom for a few minutes, and when her daughter returned, flames covered the woman and the recliner she had been sitting in. The daughter reportedly pulled her mother out of the chair and house, extinguished the flames on her mother, then called 911.
SFM Deputies determined the fire was the result of improper smoking practices.
“Our deputies see smoking-related fires far too frequently across our state and they shouldn’t because these fires are completely preventable,” State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “First, if you’re going to smoke, aim to do so outside of your home. Second, don’t smoke if you’re tired or under the influence. Lastly, make sure your smoking materials are properly discarded and stored away from the reach of children.”
The SFM seeks to reiterate the importance of working smoke alarms to giving residents critical time to escape a fire without injury.