Louisiana Woman Dies, Granddaughter Survives in March 13 House Fire in West Monroe

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Published March 15, 2023

Louisiana Woman Dies, Granddaughter Survives in March 13 House Fire in West Monroe

West Monroe, Louisiana – A Louisiana woman has died, and her granddaughter survived a March 13 house fire in West Monroe.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office (LASFM) revealed on March 14, 2023, that deputies, in coordination with the West Monroe Fire Department, had completed their investigation into a house fire in West Monroe, Louisiana that killed a female occupant.

On Monday, March 13, just before 11 p.m., the West Monroe Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 600 block of Wood Street. When firefighters arrived, they discovered an injured woman outside who informed them that her grandmother was still inside. The 84-year-old woman was rescued from an upstairs bathroom by firefighters.
She was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Sadly, she died a few hours later.

At this point, authorities believe the fire started in the sunroom of the house, near a window unit. An electrical fault was discovered to be the cause of the incident.
Authorities confirmed that this residence had functioning smoke alarms at the time of the fire, which warned the homeowner of the danger.
Authorities learned that the homeowner was able to warn her granddaughter about the fire and that the granddaughter fled by jumping from the second story of the house. It is unknown why the homeowner was unable to leave the house as well.

The LASFM would like to remind homeowners that while having a functional smoke alarm in their home is crucial, having a practiced escape plan that involves knowing two ways out of every room in your home and having a safe area for everyone to meet to phone 911 is also critical.

In addition, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office also stresses to “Get Out, Stay Out.” Once a fire danger is known, escape immediately. Do not try to put the fire out, save belongings, or go back inside for any reason.