Ceiling fan or cigarette being tabbed as likely reason for early Sunday fire
The cause of a fire that claimed the life of two toddlers in Crowley has been marked as accidental and began in the master bedroom of the home according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.
Browning also said that his investigators are looking at a ceiling fan and a discarded cigarette as possible sources for the fire.
The fire claimed the life of the two children while they were sleeping in the early morning hours of Sunday.
The Crowley Fire Department was dispatched at 3:43 am Sunday to 210 West Eighth St. to a report that a home was on fire. When firefighters arrived they discovered that a wood frame home was burning. Firefighters located the bodies of Tah' Jay Robinson, 4, and Micah Johnnie, 2. Tah' was transported to American Legion Hospital, where she later died. Micah was pronounced dead at the fire scene.
Four other people escaped the burning building before the arrival of the fire department.
The State Fire Marshal's Office, Crowley Police Department and the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office are jointly investigating this tragic fire. Investigators have determined that the fire started in the master bedroom and quickly extended into adjacent rooms. Investigators are examining accidental causes at this time and have not completed their investigation. The Fire Marshal's Office also has dispatched one of its fire investigations K-9 to the scene. There was one battery operated smoke detector installed in the home but it is not believed that the battery was maintained.
Fire Marshal Browning stated, "Our deepest sorrow goes out to the families of these young children lost this morning. We will work hard for them to get the facts of this fire cause. I plead with everyone to please ensure you have working smoke alarms in your home."