Louisiana Man Dies in House Fire that Started While He was Reloading Ammunition

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Published July 07, 2022

Louisiana Man Dies in House Fire that Started While He was Reloading Ammunition

Louisiana – The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office (LASFM) reported on July 6, 2022, that they had completed their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a house fire in Springhill, Louisiana that killed a male resident.

According to LASFM, the Springhill Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 100 block of 14th Street Southwest around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2.
A woman who was inside the house at the time of the fire ran to a nearby fire station for assistance and reported that a male occupant was still inside. Unfortunately, firefighters discovered the male victim in a back room of the house.

The Webster Parish Coroner’s Office is still working on official identification and cause of death, but the victim is believed to be the 54-year-old homeowner.

Following an examination of the scene and the collection of witness statements, Louisiana State Fire Marshal deputies determined that the fire started in a back room of the home where the victim was located and was accidental. Deputies discovered that the victim was reloading ammunition when the fire broke out in the room he was in. According to witness accounts, the fire turned into an explosion as a female occupant tried to flee. The female occupant was unharmed.

LASFM would like to share some fire safety basics for handling firearms and ammunition, beginning with proper primer and powder handling and storage. It is recommended, as with most safety tips for the use of equipment and devices, to strictly follow the manufacturers” instructions for reloading equipment and reloading components, which include not exceeding recommended amounts of powder and only using known powders. Also, when practicing reloading, make sure you are not impaired or rushed. Wear eye protection and refrain from smoking while reloading. Finally, never store powder in bulk, and always keep your reloading area clean.