15-year-old girl dies after Marrero house fire; five siblings, mother & father rescued

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Posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7:27 PM

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MARRERO, La. - A 15-year-old Marrero girl, one of five children and two adults rescued from a house fire last week, died Monday of injuries she suffered in the fire, officials said.

Diante Snowton, 15, died Monday night at Children's Hospital of injuries she suffered in the fire last Thursday at the home on 418 Meyers Blvd., according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and firefighters responded to the fire Thursday night, rescuing a 6-year-old boy and his 8-year-old brother, along with their sisters, ages 5, 10 and 12.  The children's father, Gerald Snowton, 36, and their mother, Donya, 37, were also rescued.

The teen who died, Diante Snowton, was trapped in a second story bedroom of the home, Fortunato said.   She was eventually rescued and transported to West Jefferson Medical Center where she was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.  She was later transfered to Children's Hospital, where she died Monday.  An autopsy will be performed, Fortunato said.

The father was also treated for burns and smoke inhalation, after trying to rescue some of the children.

The children's mother, who was inside the home at the time with the children, said she believed the fire started in an upstairs bedroom, Fortunato said.  It did not appear that she suffered any injuries.

She said she called her husband, who was visiting a nearby neighbor, for help, and he quickly ran over to try to help rescue the children.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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