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Fire officials: Luling man dies in house fire, smoking habits may be to blame

Source: Louisiana State Fire Marshal Source: Louisiana State Fire Marshal

State Fire Marshal investigators are still looking for the cause of a house fire that took the life of a Luling man on Wednesday afternoon.

First Responders arrived to the home in the 300 block of Canal Street about 2:00 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from 62-year-old Gloria Welch.

Firefighters later found the body of 62-year-old George Welch in the master bedroom of the home. 

Gloria says that the top of an oxygen tank that helped her husband with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPS, was on fire. Welch says that after she tried to put out the fire, she attempted to move her husband who was lying on the bed, unresponsive. Welch was forced to leave the home by the smoke that was rapidly filling the room. She was treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

George Welch's body was released to the St. Charles Parish authorities for autopsy. A formal cause for the fire was not determined, but officials say that they spotted burn patterns and an ashtray where they believe the fire started. Investigators conclude that the origin of the fire may have been a result of George Welch smoking while he was in bed. Debra Welch says that her husband regularly smoked while lying in bed.

The investigation of this fire is ongoing.

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