- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SIMSBORO, La. (AP) - Lincoln Parish fire officials say a 77-year-old man has died in a fire that destroyed the house south of Simsboro where he lived alone.

Kevin Reynolds of Fire Protection District No. 1 told the Ruston Daily Leader (https://bit.ly/2nEwBzD ) on Monday that investigators believe Felton Cockerham tried unsuccessfully to get out of the burning wood-frame house.

He says investigators think that a heater touched off the blaze, and that the house did not have smoke alarms.

Reynolds says neighbors called about 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and the house was totally engulfed when firefighters arrived. Six trucks and 17 firefighters brought the fire under control within 30 minutes.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

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Information from: Ruston Daily Leader, https://www.rustonleader.com/

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