Woman, 70, dies in Montegut mobile home fire



Posted on November 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Mary Kilpatrick / Houma Courier

HOUMA, La. -- Danny Farkas ran toward his neighbor's flaming home with a garden hose when he saw the sparks.

The blaze consumed a Montegut mobile home early Monday morning, killing Ruby Sevin, 70, said Danny Theriot, Terrebonne Coroner's Office chief investigator.

Two adults and a child escaped unharmed from the home in the 1100 block of Cross Street, Montegut Fire Chief Toby Henry said.

Farkas saw fire falling from the Christmas lights lining Sevin's home about 4:50 a.m., as he took his dogs outside.

“There's something wrong. It's too bright,” he said as the fire exploded across the mobile home.

He hurried toward the house and saw its other residents in the street.

“They were trying to get into the trailer to get the woman out,” Farkas said.

He woke another neighbor, and together he said they threw the water on the fire.

“But it was too late,” he said. “The fire was too strong.”

Then he heard a loud blast come from the house — then another and another.

The noise woke Cassondra White, who lives across the street.

“It sounded like something blew up,” she said. “It sounded like a gunshot.”

When fire fighters arrived, the mobile home was engulfed. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes.

“There was so much fire. It was so intense, it was clear there was no way that anyone could survive,” Henry said.

The fire's cause is undetermined, and the Fire Marshal's Office has launched an investigation, Henry said.

Farkas said Sevin, who was bed-ridden, was a “good person” who had been sick for some time. A pet ferret also perished.