Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Parish Fire District #4 and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of a fire that claimed the life of an elderly Vowells Mill woman on Saturday evening according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.
On Saturday evening September 28 at approximately 10:46pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division, and Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #4 responded to 911 reports of a mobile home fire in the 7400 block of La. Hwy 478 in Vowells Mill.
The 911 caller reported that they believed their elderly aunt was in the mobile home.
After the fire was extinguished, Fire District #4 found the body of a female in a hallway between the rear door and living room area of the mobile home.
Natchitoches Parish Deputy Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton pronounced 81-year-old Paralee J. Bilberry of Vowells Mill dead at the scene from apparent smoke inhalation.
Investigators with the La. State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation as they always do in fire fatalities.
Deputies say the mobile home received heavy damage, however, the fire does not appear to be suspicious at this time.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and NPFD #4.
Sheriff Jones extends his sympathy to the family of Miss Bilberry.