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Fatal Fire at Benchmark Lounge Update

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

 Date: 2-20-2013

 From: PIO Alton Trahan

 Subj: update: fatal fire at Benchmark Lounge


With the assistance of the Lafayette Sheriff Department and the Coroner’s Office, the victim of the fire at the Benchmark Lounge on Saturday has been identified. The next of kin has been notified as well.  The victim was, Kristina Henry Kiplinger, 42 year old white female. Ms. Kiplinger was a patron and friend of the employees of the lounge. Ms. Kiplinger was at the lounge the night prior to the fire. Fire and Sheriff investigators are still investigating the incident.

The cause of death and fire is still under investigation.

As information become available, an update will be sent out.



Alton Trahan  PIO Investigator

Lafayette Fire Department

300 East Vermilion Street /  Lafayette, LA  70501

p: 337.291.5505  /  f: 337.291.8182  / /

Alton Trahan
Lafayette Fire Department
337 291-5505