Ville Platte community in mourning after house fire claims life of man, 106 years old

Firefighters in Ville Platte found a 106-year-old man dead in his home Saturday morning at 1089 Robert F. Kennedy Avenue.

Fire Chief Chris Harrison said the victim was killed in the 2 alarm-blaze which was reported around 9:30 a.m.

Harrison confirmed that the victim, Edward “Knot-Toe” Thomas, Jr., was home alone with the blaze started.

The State Fire Marshals office has taken over the investigation and says prior to moving to the home on RFK, Thomas lived by himself on a street named in his honor by city officials in 2012.

Thomas was also honored after having faithfully served as a Ville Platte police officer  for 25 years and who also spent many years as an automobile radiator repairman with Pitre Ford Motor Company.

Not one to stay idle, Thomas enjoyed working in his garden until the age of 103 and drove his Ford truck until he was
100-years-old.

In 2009, during the Evangeline Parish centennial festivities, Thomas, at age 101, was recognized by the Evangeline
Parish Police Jury as being older than the parish.

Thomas is the father of 10 children and is survived by 5 .  He has 37 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, and 56 great-great-grandchildren.

Williams Funeral Home of Ville Platte is in charge of arrangements.

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