DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (WAFB) - Around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, Livingston Parish Fire District #4 responded to a fire in the 12000 block of Alysha Drive in Livingston.
According to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM), on Wednesday, April 29, the 67-year-old female succumbed to her injuries.
Upon arrival, firefighters located two female occupants outside of the building. One female, 67, was suffering from severe burn injuries while her daughter, 48, was suffering from minor burn injuries to her hands. Both were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Officials say the victim was living with and being cared for by her daughter and son-in-law.
Witness statements indicated the victim was left alone in a recliner in her bedroom for a few minutes, and when her daughter returned to the room, flames covered the woman and the chair.
LAOSFM officials say after an assessment of the scene and considering witness statements, deputies determined the fire was the result of improper smoking practices.
“Our deputies see smoking-related fires far too frequently across our state and they shouldn’t because these fires are completely preventable,” State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, “First, if you’re going to smoke, aim to do so outside of your home. Second, don’t smoke if you’re tired or under the influence. Lastly, make sure your smoking materials are properly discarded and stored away from the reach of children.”
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