- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Four people have died following a mobile home fire in Avoyelles Parish.

The state Fire Marshal’s office tells The Town Talk (https://townta.lk/1yRVtgG ) that four people died in the fire late Thursday - 32-year-old Stanley Charrier; his mother, 62-year-old Catherine Charrier; his 9-year-old son Carlin Charrier and his 12-year-old stepdaughter Emily Graham.

Monique Charrier, Stanley’s wife and the children’s mother, was working at the Paragon Casino Resort at the time.

“My whole family was in this house,” Earl Descant told KALB-TV (: https://bit.ly/1EVWwBS). “My mama, my little brother, and my niece and nephew.”

The fire marshal’s office, which is investigating, says three bodies were found together, while a fourth was separated. No cause has been determined. The bodies were released to the Avoyelles Parish Coroner’s Office, and autopsies have been requested.

“Barely into a new year and a mother faces the loss of her husband and babies,” State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said. “As a father, I can’t begin to imagine the pain she must be feeling now. Our thoughts and prayers are with her at this very difficult time.”

Marksville firefighters responded shortly after 11 p.m. to the location north of the town. Marksville Assistant Fire Chief Chris Bordelon says it took firefighters about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

“They had two roofs on it,” Bordelon said. “They had the roof of the trailer and had another roof on top of it, and it kind of fell through, so we had a lot of hotspots.”


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