Family members mourn loss of loved ones in house fire

Family members mourn loss of loved ones in house fire
Caution tape marks off the scene of a house fire in Shreveport Thursday morning. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Caution tape marks off the scene of a house fire in Shreveport Thursday morning. (Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Caddo Parish Coroner's Office has identified the two people who died after a fire on Thursday morning.

They are identified as 47-year-old Raylenn McGaha and 37-year-old Destiny Ann Knotts.

The news about their deaths is not the news one family member expected when she got a call early Thursday.

"You don't want to wake up in the morning to hear that your uncle or your brother or sister is gone just from a fire that they slept through," Brittaney McGaha said.

The pair was found unresponsive during a fire in a mobile home in the 800 block of Havens Road between Grimmett Drive and North Market Street near Northwest Louisiana Technical College. They were treated on the scene then rushed to University Health, where they later were pronounced dead.

"He was a good man," said Brittaney. "He'd give you the shirt off your back He took in the woman that was staying with him because she didn't have a place to go."

Raylenn's family says he was shot last year and suffered a brain injury and was using a walker to get around.

"We'd been dealing with the rehab and getting him the medicine right and doing everything and he was doing good,"  said Brittaney. "But for him just to be gone... we fought so hard this past year for him to be here."

More than a dozen firefighters responded to the home at 12:45 Thursday morning. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton said first responders pulled two people from the home once the flames were knocked down.

The fire was brought under control at 1:24 a.m., according to a news release from SFD.

A witness who lives next door stated she heard what sounded like fireworks coming from the home. She said the heat from the flames next door melted her blinds next door.

Fire investigators have estimated the fire damage at approximately $30,000.

The cause of the fire remain under investigation, but investigators on scene say it started in the common/kitchen area and there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

SFD investigators have called Shreveport police homicide and crime detectives. At this time, there is no perceived foul play.

The Caddo Coroner's Office is investigating the cause of death.

"It's devastating. You think that they would have known that the fire was there, but knowing that they could have slept through it, it's hard," said Brittaney.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of the late Raylenn McGaha.

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