Early morning fire claims life of Lafourche Parish man

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 6:00am

 Early this morning State Fire Marshal investigators responded to a residential fire in the community of Galliano which claimed the life of a 56 year old man. An investigation into the circumstances of the fire led investigators to determine that the fire was accidental.

Shortly after 1:00 a.m., firefighters from the Larose Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a residential fire at 223 East 87th Street. Upon their arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke coming from the residence. Shortly thereafter the fire began venting through the home’s roof. Firefighters were able to quickly bring the blaze under control, but in doing so learned that the home’s occupant, David Richoux, had not escaped the fire. Richoux was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was released to the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is planned in order to determine the cause of death.

State Fire Marshal Investigators determined the origin of the fire to be in the home’s kitchen, at or near the stovetop. A cooking pot was observed to be on one of the stovetop burners, with the burner control knob in the high position. Food products were also found in proximity to the stove and no suspicious circumstances were noted. Investigators have concluded that the heating of the items on the stovetop caused the initial fire, which then spread to other combustible items in the kitchen.

Through their investigation of the fire scene, investigators were unable to locate any smoke detection devices in operation at the residence. Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning stated, “We are once again investigating a tragic death occurring in a residence without smoke alarms. Let this be a wakeup call as to the importance of these lifesaving devices.” 

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