The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of an overnight house fire in Opelousas that claimed the life of a female occupant.

The Opelousas Fire Department was called to the 2000 block of Jake Drive just before 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. Firefighters located who is believed to be the 70-year-old homeowner in a bed in the home.

Official identification and cause of death are pending autopsy.

After assessing the scene, investigators determined the fire began in the home’s kitchen area. While the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time, deputies believe electrical factors contributed to the fire.

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