HOMER, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The two victims in an early morning house fire were identified as a mother and son. Officials and neighbors mourned the loss, not even 24 hours after the fire.
State Fire Marshal deputies were on the scene of a deadly house fire in Homer. The blaze broke out around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of MLK. After crews put out the fire they located the bodies of two people inside the home.
“It’s sad anytime you lose anybody you’ve known your whole entire life. It’s a tragic situation for this town and this neighborhood,” said Homer Police Chief, Van McDaniel who says he knew the victims, “They was doing all that they could to put the blaze out and save whoever might have been inside but it was obviously too late.”
One neighbor, Billy Adams says he’s been living across the street from the victims since the 1990’s, and says the son would do a lot of handy work around the neighborhood for anyone who would ask, and his mother wasn’t just a mother to him, but to the entire community.
“She was pretty much a real nice lady. You know, would help anybody. You know, she would feed anybody,” said Adams, “Even if I didn’t want anything, I could always count on a plate in my hand coming out of her house or leaving her yard.”
Wilbur Walker is another neighbor who says he and the female victim were close friends since high school. He was with her hours before the morning fire, because she offered to help him run errands since he didn’t have a car.
“I’m really sad,” said Walker, “I lost a friend. They both were literally right here and now they’re gone.”
The cause of the blaze is under investigation. The State Fire Marshall has not yet released the names of the victims.