The Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a Saturday morning fire that proved fatal for a 106-year-old Ville Platte man.

A press release stated firefighters responded to a residential fire on the 100 block of John F. Kennedy Dr. at around 9:30 a.m.

As firefighters fought the blaze, they located the lifeless body of Edward "Knotoe" Thomas Jr. who lived at the home with his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Larry Jackson.

Thomas was alone at the home at the time of the fire.

An official cause of death is yet to be determined.

Thomas, who served as a Ville Platte police oficer for 25 years,fathered 10 children. He is survived by 5 of his children, 37 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Ville Platte House Fire Courtesy of KATC