HOLDEN, LA (WAFB) - A mother and daughter died, while three children and their father were taken to the hospital, after a mobile home caught fire early Wednesday morning.
The fire sparked in the 25000 block of Hob Hodges Road in Holden around 12:40 a.m. and destroyed the trailer.
According to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene.
He said a mother and her daughter were already dead inside. He added three kids were taken to a hospital in Hammond with minor injuries. He explained they suffered burns, cuts and wounds he doesn't believe are life-threatening.
The children's father was later transported for treatment as well for minor injuries due to cuts and wounds he suffered.
"We don't believe at this point there were working smoke detectors in the home," Browning said. "We believe that one or two of the occupants had been awakened by smoke." There were multiple space heaters in operation at the time of the fire, however it has not been determined if any of them played a role in the cause of the fire.
The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire, while helping out the family and neighbors get through this tragedy.
"A lot of family members are out here. A lot of neighbors are out here. [There's] a lot of sadness. So, we're doing our best to get the answers to the cause of this fire, but also trying to comfort the people involved because it's really just a horrific thing to have to wake up to," Browning added.
Elizabeth Ballard, 30, and Michelle Ballard, 7, were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner.
"We're going to be here into the better part of today reconstructing this scene and trying to determine exactly what the cause of this fire was," he explained.
He said none of the firemen were injured and added they were doing a great job considering the circumstances.
Firefighting crews from Holden, Livingston and Albany responded to the blaze.