Upon extinguishing the blaze, first responders discovered the remains of Athmann located in her bedroom where the fire was determined to have originated.
Further investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Ponchatoula Fire Department revealed the suspected cause of the fire to be unsafe smoking practices.
While the investigation remains ongoing, no evidence of arson or criminal activity has been found at the scene.
Another resident of the home, Earl Grillot, 57, was able to escape the fire and was not injured.
The Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death for the deceased resident and positively identify the remains to be Athmann.
Investigators determined the mobile home was equipped with smoke alarms; however, the batteries had been removed prior to the fire.