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FATAL FIRE INVESTIGATION

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 05:19 PM

On January 10, 2013, around 11:00 PM, our Third District officers responded and assisted the Marrero-Harvey Volunteer Fire Department on a working fire at 418 Myers Avenue in Marrero. From the moment police and fire personnel arrived on scene efforts began to rescue the residents within the smoke and flame-filled home. During the rescue, a 6 year-old boy and his 8 year-old brother, along with their sisters, 5, 10 and 12 years-old, were removed from the burning structure. Another sister, identified as 15 year-old Diante Snowton was trapped in a second story bedroom. Diante was transported to West Jefferson Medical Center where she was treated for burns and smoke inhalation. Firefighters also removed 36 year-old Gerald Snowton, the father of all six children, from the burning structure after he entered his home to assist in the removal of several of his siblings. He too, was transported to West Jefferson Medical Center where he remains in stable condition with burns and smoke inhalation.

Diante Snowton initially underwent medical care at WJMC, however, she was transferred to Children's Hospital shortly thereafter. During the evening hours of January 14, 2013, Diante Snowton was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital. An autopsy will be conducted by the JP Coroner's Office to determine the cause of death.

After interviewing 37 year-old Donya Snowton, it was determined that she and her children were all in the home when she realized the fire started in an upstairs bedroom. Mrs. Snowton also told investigators she notified her husband who was visiting a nearby neighbor moments after discovering the fire. She also credits her husband for his rescue efforts in saving their other children. Efforts are underway to determine the origin of the fire.


Colonel John N. Fortunato
Commander,
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
504-363-5521 Office


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