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Man and dog die in Shreveport house fire


The Caddo Parish Coroner's office has confirmed the cause of death for a Waskom man who died in a house fire early Saturday morning.

Dr. Todd Thoma says 24-year-old John Johnson died of smoke inhalation in the blaze that destroyed a home in the 3000 block of West Cavett Street just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Firefighters were alerted to the fire after a 911 call came in reporting that a car under the carport was engulfed in flames, which were spreading to the rest of the home.

When firefighters got there minutes later, they found that 3 of the four people that had been in the home had already escaped the home by jumping out a bedroom window in the back of the house. A fourth, identified as 24-year-old John Johnson of Waskom, did not survive. A dog also perished in the flames.

"We had crews that went interior without protection of hose lines just to look for victims or possible attempts to rescue people," said Fire Chief Craig Mulford, who was on the scene and offered condolences to members of the victim's family.

Johnson's death is the third fire fatality in the city in 2013.

The fire heavily damaged the home, destroyed one car and damaged another. More than 2-dozen firefighters responded to the fire. The cause is still under investigation. 

Fire crews say a dog also died in the fire.

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