BAYOU GOULA, La. (WAFB) - Tragedy struck a Bayou Goula family just before noon Saturday, Oct. 12. A 74-year-old man was killed in a house fire in the 31000 block of Robinson Road.
The man’s daughter told investigators she was alerted to the fire by seeing smoke in the home and attempted to help her father escape by getting him into his wheelchair and then searching the home for her two young children. She told deputies by the time her children were out of the home, she was unable to get back in to finish evacuating her father. She reported making attempts for him to come to a window to try to pull him out, but only getting a response from him for a short period of time.
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office believe the fire likely began in the home’s utility room, however, an exact cause is still under investigation. At this time, deputies are not ruling out potential electrical factors.
Official identification and cause of death are still pending with the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office.