Witness describes escaping burning home that injured 1

This is what remained of a house that caught fire on Aug. 19, 2013.
This is what remained of a house that caught fire on Aug. 19, 2013.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said one person was taken to the hospital with significant burns after a house caught fire early Monday morning.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire started at a home on Pocasset Street just before 5 a.m.

Officials said the home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived on scene. They added the fire destroyed the home, but firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to nearby homes.

Firemen said two people were inside the home when the fire sparked. One person escaped unharmed, but the other suffered burns. A man claiming to be the one who escaped without injury described what happened.

"The flames just started coming at me at the same time like it was following me, like it was trying to get close up on me," Houston Nunry said. "But I felt a little bit in the back and it was burning. That's why I ran a little bit further and then ran out there, straight through that back door and knocked that sucker down. Boom."

"I tried to grab at it, but the door was so hot - then the fire started blazing at me and I said - whoa! What's going on like this?" Nunry said.

Nunry lived in the house on Pocasset with at least one other man. He admits they are basically homeless and "kind of used to know" the people who lived in the house. He says they did not have electricity or water in the house.

Nunry is more upset with who he thinks started the fire; someone he calls a "crackhead" who fell asleep on the porch.

The fire department is investigating the cause of the fire and will tell you that people living in places like these, abandoned old homes, can be a problem and be dangerous.

"This clown came here and messed up the whole god-dern thing. This is the only place I had to stay," Nunry said.

EMS transported the injured victim to the hospital. The person's condition and name were not given.

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