Heflin man, wife who perish in house fire identified

By Paige Nash

David John Snyder, 74 perished in a house fire Saturday, and his wife, 74-year-old Bobbie Lou Snyder died from her injuries Sunday.

 Heflin Volunteer Fire Department and crews from Bienville Fire Districts 4 and 5 were dispatched to the home located in the 100 block of S. Church Street around 4 p.m.

Two other occupants were home at the time of the fire. Snyder’s wife and their daughter, Diana Sue Snyder, 54 were airlifted to Ocshner/LSU Health System with severe burns. Bobbie Lou Snyder received burns covering 65 percent of her body. The daughter is in stable condition.

Snyder was handicapped and missing both of his legs.

“I want to emphasize how much of a hero my granddad was,” Brianna Lewis said. “He told his daughter to get his wife out instead of him. He wanted to make sure my grandmother was out of the house first.”

Robert Stachowicz, a volunteer with the Heflin Fire Department was injured on the scene and transported to a Shreveport hospital for treatment, as well.

“When he arrived at the house, one of the occupants that had escaped was lying too close to the fire and Robert went to move her,” Heflin Fire Chief Stewart Beatty said. “He suffered minor burns on his hands but will make a full recovery.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene until almost 10 p.m. Saturday. Following a thorough investigation, the cause of the fire is currently undetermined.

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