“Jeanette Chantry identified as victim in fatal Mandeville fire”

By | July 17, 2023



A tragic fire in Mandeville, Louisiana claimed the life of a 72-year-old woman, Jeanette (Jessica) Chantry. The fire broke out early Sunday morning at the Tops’l condominium complex near the lakefront. Firefighters responded to the call at around 8:43 a.m. and discovered smoke and fire in one of the units. Chantry was found inside that unit and was immediately pulled out by firefighters. She was pronounced dead at Lakeview Hospital.

The cause and manner of Chantry’s death are still under investigation, pending the results of an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday. The 4th District Fire Department, the state Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Mandeville Police Department are all working together to determine the cause of the fatal blaze.

Unfortunately, several other condos in the complex also suffered smoke damage due to the fire. The extent of the damage is still being assessed.

This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety measures in our homes. It is crucial to have working smoke detectors installed and to regularly check and maintain them. Additionally, having an evacuation plan in place and practicing it with family members can make a significant difference in the event of a fire emergency.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Jeanette Chantry during this difficult time. The community of Mandeville mourns the loss of a beloved resident, and efforts will continue to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future..