Teen dies from injuries suffered in house fire

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a teen who was hospitalized after a house fire early Sunday morning has died.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said Antonio Collins, 15, died Monday evening.

According to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, the fire sparked at a home on Beau Jon Avenue in Prairieville around 6 a.m.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said responding firefighters pulled Collins from the burning home.

A friend of the family said Collins' grandfather escaped through a side window, but Collins was found unconscious in a hallway outside the bedroom where he had been sleeping.

He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and then to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, where he died around 8:30 p.m.

"This is a terrible loss," Browning stated in a news release. "The firefighters did all they could to save this young man."

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but Browning said it began in the living room and nothing has been found that would indicate foul play. He added there were no working smoke alarms in the home.

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