Man dies in fire early Thursday morning

Cut Off, La.- David Richoux, 56, died early Thursday morning after his home caught on fire in the 200 block of East 87th Street in Lafourche Parish.

The Larose Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire shortly after 1 a.m. where they observed heavy smoke coming from the residence upon their arrival.

The fire then began venting through the home's roof and firefighters were able to quickly bring the blaze under control, discovering Richoux had not escaped the fire.

Richoux was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

State Fire Marshal investigators believe the fire sparked in the home's kitchen, at or near the stovetop, where a cooking pot was observed to be on one of the stovetop burners, with the burner control knob in the high position.

Other food products were also found near the stove and there were no signs of suspicious activity.

Investigators determined that the heating of the items on the stovetop caused the initial fire, and then it spread to other items in the kitchen.

In addition, investigators were unable to locate any smoke detection devices in operation at the residence.

Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning stated, "We are once again investigating a tragic death occurring in a residence without smoke alarms. Let this be a wakeup call as to the importance of these lifesaving devices."