IPSO lieutenant killed in mobile home fire

An Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office lieutenant was killed and a deputy injured in a mobile home fire Tuesday afternoon in Erath.

According to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office, state fire marshal deputies are investigating the blaze. Firefighters were called to the 2400 block of Conrad Road around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

One man, identified as an IPSO deputy, had escaped the burning home and was found outside when firefighters arrived. The second resident, identified as Paul Lancon, a lieutenant with the IPSO, was found dead inside the home. 

According to a state fire marshal spokeswoman, the deputy was awakened by loud noises and, after several attempts to escape by other means, was able to leave the mobile home through a bathroom window. He then made several attempts to awaken Lancon to no avail.

Lancon, 30, was found dead in the hallway of the mobile home. Cause of death is pending an investigation by the Vermilion Parish Coroner's Office.

According to an IPSO spokesman, Lancon, a four-year IPSO veteran, was a shift lieutenant at the Iberia Parish Jail.

The injured resident was taken to a local hospital for treatment for first-degree burns and smoke inhalation.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, a spokesman for the LSFM said the start of the fire was potentially electrical in nature, but no official cause has been determined. The investigation is ongoing.

A GoFundMe page has been started to raise funds for Lancon's funeral and his roommate's expenses.

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