KAPLAN, LA (WVUE) - Fire investigators with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of a fire in Kaplan, LA that claimed the lives of two children and one adult. Crews were called to the scene, located in the 23000 block of Romeal Road, just before 5 a.m. Sunday.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find the single-wide home, fully engulfed in flames. Investigators say that three of the six, inside the home at the time of the fire, escaped with only minor injuries. The three remaining never made it out of the home.
The bodies of the three individuals inside, identified as 22-year-old Felicie Cloteaux, and siblings, three-year-old Rory Hudson and one-year-old Arabella Hudson, were all located in one of the bedrooms. Investigators believe that they died due to smoke inhalation. Autopsies will be performed by the Vermilion Parish Coroner in order to determine the cause of death.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but investigators believe that it started in the central area of the home, near a living room couch where they believe an electrical malfunction sparked the fire. Investigators say that there were no working smoke alarms inside the home at the time of the fire.