Moss Bluff woman identified as victim of fatal fire

Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 5:20 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 8:49 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, La. (KPLC) - The weekend brought tragedy to Kelly Park, a small mobile home community off of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff.

The deadly fire happened on Saturday and the Ward One Fire Department was called around 4 a.m. by neighbors to respond.

One of the three residents of the mobile home, 58-year-old Gloria Rivera, as well as three dogs and a lizard, died in the fire.

Investigators determined that the fire began in a bedroom on the opposite side of the home from where the victim was found.

The exact cause is still under investigation, but other residents reported recent electrical issues in the home.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind everyone there are things you can do to keep you family and your home safe.

“What we want to say about this fire that we can say about this fire is that there were absolutely no working smoke alarms, smoke alarms can absolutely save lives,” Ashley Rodrigue, the public affairs director said.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office can also help you get a free smoke alarm if you can’t afford one, and encourages everyone to check the batteries if they do have working smoke detectors in their homes.

“We partner with the fire departments in your area to get smoke alarms installed free in your home through our operation save a life program... If you can afford smoke alarms, please go out and get one, don’t go to sleep tonight without that protection for your family. And if you have smoke alarms, go ahead and test them right now, as soon as this story is over, press that button test them out and make sure that they’re working and if they aren’t, replace those batteries,” Rodrigue said.

It is also important to remember that when it comes to a house fire, prioritize your safety. Get out of the smoke and flames and stay out, because nothing inside the home is worth returning for.

“Don’t go back in for anything. There’s nothing that can mean something or survive something without you there. Our messages here are have a working smoke alarm and certainly get out stay out,” Rodrigue said.

The investigation is ongoing, and we will have more information when it becomes available.