WAFB Baton Rouge
HOUMA, La. -- Three children are dead after a trailer fire early Christmas morning, reports CBS station WAFB in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana State Police said the fire started at a home in the
Whispering Oaks Trailer Park in Houma around 2:30 a.m. Officials said
there were no working smoke alarms in the home.
Trooper Doug Cain said the girl and two boys who died in the fire were
ages 11, 12 and 13. The names of the victims have not been released.
Cain added they were from Alabama and had been visiting relatives in
Houma. A total of 12 people were in the home when the home caught fire.
Investigators said firefighters arrived on the scene to find the
mobile home engulfed in flames. According to Cain, the victims were
found inside once the fire was put out. He also said the parents of the
victims and five children were taken to Baton Rouge General Hospital for
treatment. Some of them had moderate to severe injuries. Two other
people escaped unharmed.
The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal was called in to assist
Terrebonne Parish investigators determine the cause of the fire. LSP
reported investigators found the fire started in the living room/kitchen
area, but they are still examining several possible causes, including
space heaters and candles.
According to Cain, the victims' parents said they were awakened in
the bedroom by the smoke that had seeped under the door. He added the
father said he was able to grab one child from the living room and run
outside to safety. He reportedly said the fire was too intense for him
to go back in for the others.
Reports indicate the man's wife and another child made it outside
through a bedroom window and other family members sleeping on the other
end of the home escaped through a back door.
Cain said members of the Houma Police Department, Terrebonne Parish
Sheriff's Office, Houma Fire Department and Coteau Fire Department are
assisting with the investigation.