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Lacombe: Man dies after returning to burning home to save pet

According to officials, the fire happened on Washington Street.
Credit: St. Tammany Parish

LACOMBE, La. — A house fire in St. Tammany Parish claimed the life of a Lacombe man Tuesday.

According to the Fire Marshal's Office, at about 3:15 a.m. the St. Tammany Fire District #3 was called to the scene in the  27000 block of Washington Street in Lacombe.

When firefighters arrived they found one person had escaped the house safely but learned another victim went back inside to save pets and never came back out.

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said  61-year-old Roy Fisher was found and taken to Lakeview Regional Medical Center near Mandeville and then to the University Medical Center New Orleans Burn Unit, where he died from his injuries.

Officials said an autopsy will be done Friday, Jan.14.

Deputies said investigations determined the fire started in the living room but are not sure of the cause. They are not ruling out home-heating as a possible cause.

It is not known if the home had working smoke detectors.

The dog's condition is not known at this time.

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