Firefighters battle blaze at Houma residence, discover body inside

State Fire Marshal deputies say a man’s body was found after extinguishing a house fire.

Deputies say around 5 p.m. Monday, the Bayou Black Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 200 block of Union Street in Houma.

Firefighters say they arrived to find a woman safely outside of the home, but she told firefighters her disabled husband was still inside.

Firefighters say they later discovered the body of a man inside in the home’s dining room.

The victim is believed to be the 73-year-old homeowner.

Deputies said they determined the fire originated in the home’s kitchen/dining room area. While the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time, deputies said they aren’t ruling out the potential that unsafe smoking practices are a contributing factor.

Deputies learned the victim was a smoker and had limited mobility. His wife reported waking up to the smell of smoke and attempting to locate her husband before having to flee the home.

The SFM deputies say there were no working smoke alarms in the home.

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