- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

PONCHATOULA, La. (AP) - Officials are investigating after a man was killed, and a woman injured, in a fire that destroyed a wood-framed camp on the Tangipahoa River.

Local media outlets report the fire happened Saturday.

State Fire Marshal’s Deputy Chief Brant Thompson says 54-year-old Elizabeth Piner awoke in the camp’s bedroom to find flames and smoke. Piner suffered second-degree burns searching for 57-year-old Joel Hall, who was also staying at the camp, but she was unable to locate him.

Thompson says Piner left the camp around 11 p.m. and drove a boat to a neighboring camp for help.

Responding firefighters found a body they believe to be Hall’s. An autopsy hasn’t been performed yet.

Thompson says Piner was taken to a hospital.

Thompson said fire investigators suspect a wood-burning stove triggered the blaze.



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