Woman killed in Thanksgiving morning fire in Leonidas neighborhood

Woman killed in Thanksgiving morning fire in Leonidas neighborhood
Image of Beverly Joseph, the victim of the Thanksgiving morning fire in Leonidas neighborhood (Source: WVUE Fox 8)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - A fire killed a 62-year-old woman in her home at 7:36 a.m. in the 1500 block of Dante Street, according to the NOFD.

Chief Tim McConnell says the victim was paralyzed and the only one in her home at the time.

After forced entry, firefighters found her by the front door, according to the NOFD report.

“While the cause is still under investigation, there was a heater near the woman’s bed," McConnell said.

Initial reports suggest the electrical fire was caused by an overloaded power strip a space heater had been plugged into. The fire is considered to be accidental, according to an NOPD report.

McConnell sound

One of the residents living in the connecting unit stated that smoke alarms alerted him to the fire allowing him and his roommates to escape.

NOFD was able to contain the fire at around 8:17 a.m.

The fire was contained to only her side of the double.

NOPD, Entergy and the fire department are still in the process of investigating the cause.

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