Carport fire destroys home, kills Mamou couple in their 50s


MAMOU, La. (AP) - A state fire official said investigators are working to learn whether a carport barbecue pit, a window air conditioner or something else touched off a fire that killed a Mamou couple.

Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Brant Thompson said 55-year-old Regina LeJeune and 57-year-old Michael LeJeune died early Saturday.

He said the fire started in the carport, where neighbors saw them cooking about 8:30 or 9 p.m. Friday. But he said the carport had a number of electrical features where the fire might have started.

Thompson said the couple did not have any working smoke alarms.

He said Regina LeJeune's body was in the bed and her husband's was next to it, leading investigators to speculate that he may have been trying to help her get out.

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