ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. (KLFY)- An 11-year-old girl has died after being severely injured in a house fire early Friday morning. Her 12-year-old brother is in critical condition.
The children’s grandfather was also injured, the State Fire Marshal’s Office said.
St. Tammany Fire District #6 responded to the call in the 21000 block of Pat O’Brien Road just after 2 a.m.
Upon arrival, firefighters located the 74-year-old homeowner and his 11-year-old granddaughter outside of the burning home. A 12-year-old boy, the homeowner’s grandson and sibling to the victim, was rescued from the home by first responders.
Both children are in critical condition at a New Orleans hospital due to smoke inhalation. Additionally, the boy suffered burns to his face, hands and arms, investigators said.
The grandfather was taken to a Northshore hospital for observation.
“At this time, while investigators are still working to determine the fire’s origin and cause, they are looking into potential electrical factors,” the State Fire Marshal’s Office said.
The grandfather reported to investigators that he was awakened by popping noises and discovered the fire. He was able to escape from a window on the back side of the house, then broke a window on the front side of the home in order to pull the girl to safety.
The boy was discovered by first responders near the carport door in the home’s kitchen.
Three cats and two dogs died in the fire.
Smoke alarms were present in the home and were heard functioning. The SFM would like to remind all families that smoke alarms can be the difference between making it out of a fire alive.
“Our agency partners with local fire departments and districts through Operation Save-A-Life to install free smoke alarms for families that are unable to do so themselves. Visit lasfm.org for more information on the program,” authorities said.
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