UPDATE: Victim in deadly Evangeline Thruway fire identified


LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) UPDATE: The Lafayette Fire Department has identified the victim of a fatal house fire on the Evangeline Thruway early Saturday morning as 68-year-old Patrick Barry.

Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said Barry was the only person living in the home at 406 SW Evangeline Thruway.

Investigators determined that an electrical malfunction in the victim’ss bedroom contributed to the fire. Officials did not find any smoke alarms in the dwelling, Trahan said.

Trahan said the department offers its condolences to the family.

ORIGINAL: Authorities have yet to identify the remains of an unidentified person found inside a burned house before dawn Saturday in Lafayette.

According to Lafayette Fire Department Spokesperson Alton Trahan, firefighters responded to a house fire shortly after 1 a.m. in the 400 block of the SW Evangeline Thruway.

He said when crews arrived, they found flames coming from the front of the home.

Immediately after the fire was brought under control, he said officials searched the residence and found a male victim dead.

Trahan said fire officials have determined that the fire originated in the bedroom.

He said an investigation into the cause is ongoing.  

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