The Ville Platte Fire Department responded to a house fire Saturday morning that took the life of 106-year-old Edward Knotoe Thomas.
Fire department officials later confirmed the death of Thomas, one of Louisiana's oldest citizens. Firefighters responded to the structure fire at 1089 Robert F. Kennedy Drive at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday after neighbors reported smoke coming from the home, according to a release from the Louisiana State Fire Marshall.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it was found to have originated in the home's attic.
Thomas' body was found as firefighters attempted to put out the fire, and he was alone at the time of the fire, according to the release.
A house fire in Ville Platte claims the life of 106-year-old Edward Knotoe Thomas. The latest at 6 & 10 tonight. pic.twitter.com/KaxgbyxCBe— Kendria LaFleur (@KendriaLafleur) April 16, 2016//
Thomas served as a Ville Platte police officer for 25 years, according to the release. He was the father of 10 children, had 37 grandchildren, 74 great grandchildren and 56 great-great grandchildren. Thomas moved into the Robert F. Kennedy Drive home 18 months ago. He had previously lived on his own, on a street that was officially named in his honor in 2012.
More information will be provided as it is released.