UPDATE: Deceased Identified from House Fire in the 400 Block of SW Evangeline Thruway

Investigators determined that an electrical malfunction in his bedroom contributed to the fire.

Posted: Feb 6, 2021 7:04 AM
Updated: Feb 11, 2021 11:05 AM

UPDATE 2/11/2021 11:02AM –The next of kin of the deceased has been notified. Fire officials have identified the deceased victim in the house fire in the 400 block of SW Evangeline Thruway as Patrick Kevin Berry, 68 year old male. He’s not originally from Lafayette, but has lived here for at least 20 years. Mr. Berry was the only resident of the dwelling.

Investigators determined that an electrical malfunction in his bedroom contributed to the fire. Officials did not find any smoke alarms in the dwelling.


UPDATE: Fire investigators with Lafayette Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal Office determined the fire originated in the bedroom of the deceased.

At this time, the deceased is only identified as a white male. He was the only occupant of the dwelling. Officials are working to identify the occupant and make notification to his next of kin.

Investigators did not find any evidence of a smoke alarm in the dwelling. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Lafayette Parish Coroner's Office will be assisting with determining the cause of death.

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Around 1:30 am, the Lafayette Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 400 block of SW Evangeline Thruway. 

Once first responders arrived, the scene had flames coming from the front of the dwelling.

The home sustained heavy fire damage after emergency crews battled the hour long blaze and getting it under control.

One victim was found in the dwelling when fire officials searched for the resident.

The cause of the fire and fatality is still ongoing.

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