Finding cause of fire that killed 4 may take days
ALEXANDRIA., Va. (AP) — It could take several days to determine what caused a house fire in central Louisiana that killed a 48-year-old woman and three of her grandchildren, authorities said.
Investigators are waiting for autopsy results and other lab tests before announcing how the fire started late Saturday at a house in Alexandria, the city said in a news release Monday.
The fire killed Verlana Cooper along with 7-year-old Jadyn Cooper, 4-year-old Brooklyn Cooper and 4-month-old Drya Reign Russaw, authorities said.
The house did not have working smoke detectors, investigators said. Alexandria firefighters said they will provide and install smoke detectors in any home in the city free of charge.