Investigators believe overloaded power strips were factor in deadly fire

Investigators believe overloaded power strips were factor in deadly fire

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said they have not yet discovered the exact cause of a fire that killed an elderly couple on Friday, but believe overloaded power strips were a factor.

Ezekiel Jackson, 70, who was bedridden, and his wife, Gloria Jackson, 64, of Baton Rouge, died in the fire. East Baton Parish coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark said their deaths were ruled accidental because they died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department is still investigating.

"Near the origin of the fire, investigators found two power strips that were overloaded," said Curt Monte with BRFD. "We believe that was a factor in the fire. Although investigators cannot definitely say that was the cause, we do believe the overloaded surge protectors were a factor in the fire."

Investigators said the home on Balis Drive caught fire shortly after noon. The victims' daughter, Regina Mitchell, said she had just left their home after picking up two children. Firefighters reported they believe the fire started in the kitchen.

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