Home fire victims identified


The Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the victims of Sunday morning’s tragic house fire near Campti  in north Natchitoches Parish.

Natchitoches Parish Asst. Deputy Coroner Steve Clanton says the bodies have been identified as Lucy Telsee, 71, and her granddaughter, Rosia Mae Telsee, 6, of 1of 123 Bright Morning Star Church Road, Campti/Grappes Bluff area.

Other family members transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center were identified as Lucy’s husband, Sam J. Telsee Sr., 74, and Billy R. Telsee, 39, both admitted into Intensive Care. Sam Telsee III, 7, and Billy R. Telsee Jr., 8, were treated for smoke inhalation.

On Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6:01 a.m., Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, multiple Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #9 units and multiple Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS units responded to 911 reports of a structure fire in the 100 block Bright Morning Star Church Road off of La. Hwy 480 near Campti.

NPFD# 9 arrived on scene within 11 minutes.

After firefighters arrived, they learned four occupants of the residence escaped, however, two were still believed to be trapped inside the mobile home.

According to Natchitoches Parish Fire District #9 Fire Chief Doug Rachal the fire was intense.

Firefighters worked tirelessly for over an hour to contain the fire.

The Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office responded.

After the fire was contained, firefighters, law enforcement and the coroner’s office sifted through the burned rumble finding two burned bodies.

Louisiana State Fire Marshals and detectives with the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to assist in determining the cause of the fire. At this time the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Louisiana State Fire Marshals are working closely with Natchitoches Parish Fire District# 9 and the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine the cause of the fire.