Adult, 3 children die in Alexandria fire on Wainwright Street

Published: Mar. 1, 2020 at 9:44 AM CST
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A 48-year-old woman and three children died in an early morning fire on March 1 on Wainwright Street in Alexandria.

The victims were identified as Verlana Cooper, 48, Jadya Cooper, 7, Brooklyn Cooper, 4, and Dreya Reign Russaw, 4 months.

According to Special Projects Coordinator, Jim Smilie, the woman was the grandmother of the children.

The fire started around midnight and the situation remains under investigation.

Officials will be waiting on the results of autopsies, which are scheduled to be conducted Monday, as well as other lab tests before an official determination as to the cause for the fire can be made. Those tests typically take a couple of days to complete. The determination of an official cause is not expected until later this week.

Alexandria Fire Chief Larry King noted the house did not have working smoke detectors. He reminds residents that the City of Alexandria will provide and install smoke detectors to residents in the city limits free of charge. For more information about getting a smoke detector, please call the Fire Prevention Department at 318-441-6607.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Alexandria Fire Department, Alexandria Police Department, the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office and the State Fire Marshal.


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