Officials have identified the woman who died in a Sunday morning house fire as Joan Lessard, 79, of Denham Springs.

Lessard became trapped on the second floor of her mobile home on Caliente Avenue when flames tore through the structure early Sunday morning during the latest of several fatal fires that authorities have linked to cold weather across the region.

Fire Chief Joe Koczrowski, head of Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 5, said Lessard called 911 and was on the phone with emergency responders until just one minute before they arrived at her Denham Springs home about 5:40 a.m. Sunday.

Neighbors said Lessard had lived there for several years, often with her daughter, who was not home when the fire started.

The house was completely destroyed. Authorities rescued one dog but others died inside the house.

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