Erath, LA – Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office (IPSO) Lieutenant Paul Lancon was killed on July 16, when a fire broke out inside his mobile home.
The 30-year-old lieutenant and his roommate, who is also an IPSO deputy, were asleep inside the Conrad Road home after a night shift when the fire ignited at approximately 1:15 p.m., the Daily Advertiser reported.
The deputy said he tried to reach Lt. Lancon, but that the flames and smoke made rescuing him impossible, Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning told KATC.
The deputy managed to escape through a bathroom window, and was rushed to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and first-degree burns, Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue told The Advocate.
Erath volunteer firefighters later discovered Lt. Lancon’s body in a hallway among the burned remnants of the residence.
The Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office will determine his exact cause of death.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the fire was likely caused by an electrical malfunction.
Lt. Lancon was a four-year veteran of the department, IPSO Major Wendell Raborn told the Daily Advertiser.
"When we broke the news that he had lost his life, a lot of people were shaken up by that because he was well-liked," Maj. Raborn said. "It will be a hard void to fill."
"He was admired by the deputies on his shift," the major continued. "He had a good head on his shoulders and was a good leader."
Lt. Lancon leaves behind his mother, brothers, sister, and step-grandmother, according to his obituary.
“Paul could always be counted on to make one laugh with his jovial personality and his light hearted demeanor,” his obituary read. “Everyone who knew him has funny memories to look back on and cherish.”
“His family, although shocked by his untimely death, are comforted by the fact that Paul left behind a legacy of joy, laughter, and deep-seated compassion and soft heartedness,” the tribute continued. “He will be deeply and painfully missed by all who have crossed paths with such a wonderful soul.”
Lt. Lancon was laid to rest on Monday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Paul Lancon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.