Autopsy planned to ID body in fire _lowres

Photo provided by Brant Thompson -- The Bluff Creek Fire Department responded to 9158 Sanford Lane in Slaughter about 10 p.m. Nov. 18 to find the home fully engulfed in flames. The body of a man was found inside, his identity unknown at press time. State Fire Marshal investigators say the house had no working utilities, smoke alarms or running water.

An investigation into what caused a fire in Slaughter continues after a man’s body was found by firefighters last week, prompting officials to request assistance from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, a news release said.

Firefighters from the Bluff Creek Fire Protection District in East Feliciana Parish responded just before 10 p.m. Nov. 18 to a house, 9158 Sanford Lane, that had no working utilities or running water.

Once inside, firefighters found the lifeless body of a man lying on the floor near a door in the living room, the release said.

After being examined by State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators, the body, which suffered severe thermal injury, was later released to the East Feliciana Parish Coroner’s Office.

While the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, investigators have determined the fire began in the living room in the front of the house.

In addition to having no utilities, the home had no working smoke alarms.

Investigators await autopsy results to conclusively determine the man’s cause of death and his identity.