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Needless deaths preventable

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It’s always tough to see someone die needlessly.

It’s even tougher when it’s a young person.

But that’s what happened in Ouachita Parish on Wednesday as two West Monroe High School students died in a house fire.

Kyle Phillips, 18, and Mitchell Whitehead, 16, both of West Monroe, died when the house in which they were sleeping caught fire around 3:30 a.m. Officials said the cousins’ bodies were found in a bedroom with furniture blocking an escape route.

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