12-year-old girl dies in Eunice house fire

Photo Courtesy: Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal.

EUNICE, La. – A 12-year-old girl died and two others were injured in a house fire early Monday morning, according to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

A neighbor reported the fire shortly before 5:30 a.m. after seeing flames coming from the living room of the home, located in the 1500 block of Williams Avenue.

Deputy Chief Brant Thompson said in a news release that firefighters discovered the body of Cailey Duplechain in a bedroom as they were trying to put out the fire.

A preliminary report from the St. Landry Parish Corner indicates that Duplechain died from smoke inhalation.

Duplechain’s infant brother and step-father were injured as they escaped from the home.

Thompson said they’re both currently in a local hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators determined the fire started in the living room, which was completely destroyed by the fire.

Photo Courtesy: Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal.
Photo Courtesy: Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation but authorities did find the remnants of an electric space heater in the living room.

A second heater was found in the kitchen area but it has been eliminated as the source of the fire.

There were no working smoke alarms in the home at the time of the fire, according to Thompson.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the case.

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