ROSELAND, LA (WAFB) - State Fire Marshal investigators are investigating a fire that claimed one life and severely damaged a home. Authorities were alerted to the fire at 12582 Tangipahoa Avenue in the community of Roseland just after 4 a.m. Wednesday.
When firefighters from the Roseland Volunteer Fire Department and the Amite Fire Department arrived, they found flames coming from the rear of the two bedroom, wood frame house.
After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found the body of 60 year-old Woodrow H. Ford, Jr. on a recliner which was located in a bedroom adjacent to the kitchen. The Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office later arrived and pronounced Ford dead. An autopsy, scheduled for Thursday morning, will definitively determine the cause and manner of Ford's death.
Investigators are sifting through the fire debris in order to determine the cause of the fire, it is believed that the fire originated in the area of the kitchen.
Investigators determined that the home was not equipped with working smoke alarms.