Louisiana has now recorded 10 fire fatalities in 2021. Just within the past 24 hours, fire has claimed the lives of three people.
Two men died in a house fire Wednesday morning in Cotton Valley. Deputy fire marshals still are investigating the cause, but they believe a wood stove was a factor. Later in the day, a different fire claimed the life of a person in the Hammond area of Louisiana. Space heaters, wood stoves and other appliances are the leading causes of fires in the winter, Louisiana Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said. He advised people to use caution when using these appliances and to follow these rules. Use a modern-day heater. Make sure the heater is three to five feet from anything. Do not plug the heater into an extension cord; it needs to be plugged into an outlet. Never use a stove as a heater. Browning also asked that people ensure their home electrical grids are up to standard.