Son of former Shreveport mayoral candidate dies in house fire, father seriously injured


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office has confirmed that the son of a former mayoral candidate who was critically injured in a house fire early Friday morning has died from his injuries.

According to the coroner’s office, 17-year-old Emmanuel Slack died following a house fire in the 4100 block of Pines Road. Rep. Mike Johnson also confirmed on his official congressional Facebook page late Friday morning that he had been told that Slack had passed away as a result of the fire. Emmanuel is the son of Melvin Slack, who ran unsuccessfully for Shreveport mayor in 2014.

“We loved this sweet kid and his precious family, and we are stunned by this news. May the Lord comfort and keep Melvin and the Slack family today. Please join us in praying for them right now,” Johnson said.

According to SFD, the father of the victim was already outside his Pines Road home Friday morning when firefighters arrived just before 5 a.m. to find smoke and flames coming out of three sides of the house. He had suffered serious burns on multiple parts of his body. He told firefighters his son was inside.

Firefighters found the son inside the house on the second floor. He had also suffered critical burn injuries. Both were taken to the local burn center, where the son later died.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry also posted about the fire and Emmanuel Slack’s passing, calling for prayers for Slack and his family.

This marks the third fire-related death in Shreveport for 2021, according to the fire department. They say the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been notified, which is required by law anytime there is a fire death.  

Firefighters say that there were also two dogs at the home. One was found in the back yard but the other did die in the fire.

It took 38 firefighters 38 minutes to get the fire under control and the house was destroyed.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but a fire investigator was on the scene. They currently believe the fire was accidental but say there was no sign of smoke detectors in the home to warn the residents of the fire.

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