BAKER, La. (BRPROUD) – One person lost their life in a Baker area house fire early Monday morning.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department (BRPD) told BRProud’s Jessica Knox that after investigating the incident, it appears the blaze was preventable.
Multiple fire departments were called to the scene after the home went up in flames on the morning of November 14.
The incident left one person in the hospital and a second person deceased.
“I walked out the back and I saw a white billowing cloud of smoke waving way up into the sky. And it was pretty tragic because, you know, they were both real nice guys,” said Larry Gill, the next-door neighbor.
Gill added that the two were the best neighbors anyone could ask for.
According to BRPD, the fire started in the kitchen, and a victim was found in the dining room. They say the investigation revealed the cause of the blaze was an unattended pot left on the stove.
Curt Monte, BRPD’s Public Information Officer said, “Unfortunately, the most common cause of fire is kitchen fires.”
Monte went on to warn that with Thanksgiving around the corner, this could happen to anyone. He said, “If you must leave and you leave that kitchen, you turn off the stove top and turn off the oven. You never leave it unattended.”
BRFD also suggests investing in smoke alarms as this increases chances of survival by 50 percent.