Mainstream media is reporting that a blaze in an abandoned warehouse killed 8 people in the early hours of December 28, 2010. The victims, whose races and genders were not identifiable, are presumed to have been among New Orleans estimated 3,000 homeless residents. Autopsy results will be needed to confirm witness statements identifying the victims as three females and five males between the ages of 19 and 30. All were also reportedly accomplished musicians. Not all were from the New Orleans area. Two dogs also perished in the fire.
Early speculation among the human authorities appears to blame the residents themselves for the blaze. With overnight temperatures dipping near the freezing point, authorities say the inhabitants of the building may have started a fire to help stay warm and the blaze somehow got out of control. It is also possible that some of the victims succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning and were both unaware of the danger and unable to escape. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a common risk with indoor fires, particularly when warmth is more of a concern than proper ventilation.
In a separate fire-related death, the charred remains of a woman were reportedly found outside Wesley Barrow Stadium near Southern University later Tuesday morning. The victim had two tattoos authorities hope will help identify her. No cause of death was evident. NOPD are awaiting autopsy results and tests to see whether accelerants were used.
No direct mundane connection has been made between these events. A fire earlier in the month at Fangtasia, a vampire bar in Shreveport, also appears coincidental to humans.
Cold weather coincidences could be one explanation. Questions remain, however, regarding possible connections between the events and victims. The Post will keep the preternatural community updated regarding the ongoing investigations and the possible roles of supes, as victims or perpetrators, in the crimes.
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