SIMSBORO, La. (AP) — Lincoln Parish fire officials say a 77-year-old man has died in a fire that destroyed the house south of Simsboro where he lived alone.

Kevin Reynolds of Fire Protection District No. 1 told the Ruston Daily Leader ( ) on Monday that investigators believe Felton Cockerham tried unsuccessfully to get out of the burning wood-frame house.

He says investigators think that a heater touched off the blaze, and that the house did not have smoke alarms.

Reynolds says neighbors called about 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and the house was totally engulfed when firefighters arrived. Six trucks and 17 firefighters brought the fire under control within 30 minutes.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.


Information from: Ruston Daily Leader,