Family identifies mother, 2 children found dead after Zachary trailer fire

This is what was left of a trailer that caught fire. Three people were found dead inside. (Source: WAFB)
This is what was left of a trailer that caught fire. Three people were found dead inside. (Source: WAFB)
LA 19 near Rush Avenue in Zachary (Source: WAFB)
LA 19 near Rush Avenue in Zachary (Source: WAFB)

ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - A mobile home fire claimed the lives of a family of three late Wednesday night, but investigators are still trying to figure out how it started.

A close family member identified the woman killed as Dana Lieblong, 30. Her two children, Michaela Pribbernow, 8, and Mallorie Maglone, 11-months, also perished.

The Zachary Fire Department confirmed the fire happened at a trailer located on LA 19 near Rush Avenue. Fire Chief Danny Kimble says his department received the call just after 11 p.m.

According to Kimble, when firefighters got to the scene, the home was already fully engulfed in flames. Firemen found the bodies inside once the flames were out.

"Along with Zachary Arson Task Force, we have Baton Rouge Arson and we have State Fire Marshal's Office helping us with this fire," Kimble said.

Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says currently, nothing indicates suspicious circumstances, however, investigators are reconstructing the scene to find out how the fire started. "The investigators can document the way the fire burned, the things that influence the fire burning, all the way back to the point the fire started," Browning said. "That's an important piece of fire investigation."

With the fire starting on such a cold night, investigators say they will look into how the family may have been trying to stay warm as a possible cause. "We are looking at space heaters as a possible cause," Browning said. "They have not been ruled out, nor have they been determined as to be the cause. The process just takes time to do that," he said.

The state fire marshal's office says fire departments across Louisiana have responded to hundreds of fires and just in the Baton Rouge area, those fires have killed six people already.

Cold or not, officials say they're choosing this unfortunate moment to remind people to seriously think about fire prevention in their homes. "Go into your home and make sure you have a working smoke alarm, practice home escape plans, but let's also check on our neighbors," Browning said. "Let's check on the elderly people in our community, make sure they're prepared. We still have two more days of very sub-freezing temperatures ahead in the capital area," he said.

This is the third deadly fire this week in 2018. A total of six people have died in those fires. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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