UPDATE: The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding a mobile home fire that claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy.
Claiborne Parish firefighters responded to the fire call just before 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, in the 200 block of Turner Road in Homer.
Upon arrival, firefighters learned there had been six occupants in the home at the time of the fire which included a grandmother, mother, and four siblings ranging in age from 3-years-old to 20. However, two of the occupants remained unaccounted for.
Firefighters and SFM deputies later discovered the bodies of the 16-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy, just feet apart, in a bedroom they had been sleeping in. Evidence indicates the children had attempted to escape. Official identification of the children is pending with the Claiborne Parish Coroner’s Office.
The investigation into the official cause of the fire is still on-going. However, investigators have learned through witness statements that one of the occupants noticed smoke when moving from one room, where she had been watching TV, to another, where she was going to go to sleep. The occupant told investigators when she looked into the unoccupied room where the smoke was coming from, she saw flames on the wall near an outlet that the family had reported having recent issues with.
Investigators also learned the home had no working smoke alarms.
ORIGINAL: Homer Sheriff Facebook Page: State Fire Marshal deputies are on the scene of a double fatal fire in Homer this morning.
Firefighters were called to the 200 block of Turner Road in the 3 o’clock hour where it was learned two juveniles were unable to escape a mobile home fire.
The children found in the home of the fire are a 16-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.
The release of their identities is pending autopsy with the Claiborne Parish Coroner’s Office.