SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A man has died in a blaze that extensively damaged a house in Shreveport, authorities say.
The fire in the 600 block of David Drive was reported at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday, Caddo 911 dispatch records show.
That’s just south of West 84th Street in the city’s Pin Oak Park subdivision in the Cedar Grove neighborhood.
Heavy flames were coming from the front and right side of the one-story house when the first firefighters from Station 9 arrived about 6:20 p.m., said Skip Pinkston, chief of special operations and safety for Shreveport Fire Department.
And the roof partially collapsed, making it more difficult for firefighters to fight the blaze and search the structure, he said.
“Neighbors on scene reported the homeowner was still inside the burning home.”
The man was found dead in the rear of the house.
It took eight fire units and two dozen firefighters 17 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Now the blaze is being investigated by the Louisiana fire marshal’s office and the Shreveport Fire Department.
And the Caddo coroner’s office is investigating the cause of the man’s death.
The house had no working smoke detector, authorities say.
The Fire Department still has four units, down from 14 earlier, on the scene between Joanna Drive and Dizzy Dean Circle, dispatch records show.
Shreveport Fire Department will install a smoke detector in your home for free. Call (318) 673-6740 to request a free smoke detector or to learn about fire safety.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.