Child dies after fire breaks out in ‘make-shift’ fort

Published: Oct. 10, 2021 at 6:44 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2021 at 3:17 PM CDT
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GEISMAR, La. (WAFB) - A child has died after a fire broke out Sunday, Oct. 10.

Officials said it happened on Cornerview Road in Geismar around 2:30 p.m.

The Geismar Volunteer Fire Department, Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office were called out to the scene to investigate.

According to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal, first responders arrived to find a flatbed, cargo trailer, and its contents, on fire in the front yard of the property, and the body of a child was found under the contents.

While official identification and cause of death are pending with the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office, the victim is believed to be a 6-year-old male resident of the home next door to where the fire occurred.

Following an assessment of the scene, deputies determined the victim and two siblings, ages 9 and 4, had been playing on the trailer in front of a relative’s home, which was next door to their home.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshall’s office says, adults were present inside both homes at the time of the fire.

Deputies learned the children were playing inside of a hollowed-out, pre-fabricated concrete staircase that had been covered in an effort to create a fort environment.

Witness statements indicate the children had possession of a lighter and used it to light a small pile of combustible objects as though it was a campfire. While the other two children were able to escape unharmed, the 6-year-old was trapped.

Fire Chief Nat Stephens said the child died after a fire broke out in a ‘make-shift fort’ on a flat bed trailer. The children involved were apparently playing with a lighter.

The deceased child’s name has not yet been released.

No foul play is suspected.

This is a developing story. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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