Man found dead inside travel trailer destroyed by fire in Hammond

Published: Jan. 24, 2018 at 1:26 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2018 at 4:52 PM CST
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HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A man was found dead inside a travel trailer that was destroyed by fire overnight.

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal reported it happened on Gorman Road in Hammond.

Authorities say the victim was a 60-year-old man but his name has not yet been released pending notification to family members.

Deputies with the fire marshal's office investigating the deadly fire said their preliminary findings indicate an outdoor cooking burner was being used inside the trailer to heat it.

The body was later released to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner after being examined by investigators. A preliminary autopsy report indicates that the victim died of smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.

Investigators learned that a neighbor heard a sound resembling an explosion and found the trailer to be fully engulfed in flames. The trailer did not have any working smoke alarms.

The case remains under investigation by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, Hammond Fire Department, and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.

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