Posted on January 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM
Friday, Jan 17 at 7:41 PM
Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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ABITA SPRINGS- Tucked in between thick bushes, brush and trees off of Jack Loyd Road in the Abita Springs area is a tragic scene.
A trailer sits burned and flattened from a fire some time Thursday that, for hours, no one knew happened. A neighbor discovered the slightly smoking rubble after the homeowner's family asked him to check on the 59-year-old woman who lived there. The State Fire Marshal's Office says a body was later found in the remains, who they believe to be Beverly Ashworth. An official identification is still pending through the coroner's office.
Fire Marshal Butch Browning said, "Right now, we're looking at two possible causes. A real probable cause is that there was an operating space heater in the living room, where the fire started, which is also where we believe this female was at the time of the fire. The second possible cause is discarded smoking material."
Investigators don't believe this fire is suspicious and in fact say they believe the woman was trying to save herself and her home because a fire extinguisher was found next to her body.
"It is evident she probably was sleeping, and was awaken and tried to combat the fire, maybe in a lethargic state, not in a clear state because of the smoke environment," said Browning.
Friends say Ashworth was known as "Aunt B" around the neighborhood and co-workers say she was a wonderful person to be around.
"Just a good person, certainly will be missed and, obviously, my condolences to the family," said Harold Palma.
And authorities hope to offer closure to the family soon.
The Coroner’s Office hopes to have preliminary autopsy results at the beginning of next week.