Baton Rouge crime scene
Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

The 47-year-old woman who was pulled out of a house fire in Harvey on Monday evening has died, Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich said Tuesday.

Cvitanovich identified the victim as Dianne Casas. An autopsy was pending Tuesday, but Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said investigators don't believe foul play was involved. 

First responders found Casas after being called out to a blaze in the 2300 block of Hampton Drive about 6:20 p.m. Monday. Casas, who also went by the last name "de las Casas," was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center for treatment.

The Sheriff's Office on Monday said arson investigators were at the home to determine the cause of the fire. 

Casas was well known locally as an author of children's books as well as professional development books focused on teachers and librarians. One of her two daughters is Eliana Marisol de las Casas, a teenage chef who has written cookbooks and last year won the "Food Network's Chopped Teen Tournament." 

Casas worked with her older daughter and her boyfriend for the past two years at an independent publishing and public speaking company based in Kenner. 

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