2-yr-old killed, other children burned in fire

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A mobile home fire in the north Bossier Parish town of Plain Dealing claimed the life of a 2-year-old child.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshall along with Bossier Parish Sheriff's deputies, Crime Scene investigators and detectives are investigating cause of the fire.

Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, Public Information Officer, Ed Baswell says seven people were inside the home at the time of the fire.

The fire broke out just before 1 a.m. at a mobile home on Industrial Drive in Plain Dealing.

Baswell reports that two 2-year-olds, a 4-year-old, 7-year-old, 18-year-old and two adults, who have now been identified as Edgar and Emily Richardson were awaken by fire and smoke Friday morning. The family, at one point, tried to battle the flames until fire crews arrived, but were unsuccessful.

Fire crews had quite a battle when they arrived on scene, according to Baswell. The heat and smoke fought against firefighters, making it difficult to get to the 2-year-old little boy still trapped inside the home.

Edgar's 18-year-old daughter said she believed there was a smoke detector inside the mobile home, but it apparently was not working at the time.

Baswell adds, also severely injured a 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, who were both taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport.

We're told that the little girl suffers from severe burns to the arms and face and the little boy suffers from severe burns to his arms and feet.

Adding to the tragedy is the fact that Emily and Edgar just returned from Hawaii on Tuesday after getting married two weeks ago. The 'Just Married' sign could still be seen on the back of their truck.

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