A man was killed and his son severely injured in a house fire Friday in Pointe Coupee Parish, authorities said.
The fire happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 9800 block of Island Road in Ventress, said Ashley Rodrigue, a spokeswoman for the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Pointe Coupee firefighters discovered the body of a man in a bedroom, believed to be the 75-year-old homeowner. Firefighters also found his 49-year-old son in a neighbor’s home suffering from severe burns and transported him to the local burn unit, Rodrigue said.
State Fire Marshal investigators learned during the investigation with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office that the son discovered the fire and attempted to remove his father from the home.
The cause of the fire was unknown Friday, but investigators are looking at improper smoking practices or candle use as contributing factors, according to Rodrigue. Investigators could also not confirm the presence of working smoke alarms in the home.