BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Neighbors were able to safely pull a resident out an apartment Monday evening before first responders arrived on the scene.
The fire happened at the Wesley Plaza Apartments on Hollywood Street in Baton Rouge just before 7 p.m.
"All I could see was fire," said Edie White, who lives next door. White says she heard a woman shouting for help, came outside and saw her neighbors house on fire. A man who was nearby heard the shouts, went inside the burning apartment and pulled out the elderly man.
White says her neighbor, Mr. Jimmy, had been sick and everyone who lived in the area keeps an eye on him.
The man was taken to the hospital, White says she was told he was in the ICU.
"It's scary," White said, adding that because the apartments are so close together fire could easily spread. Tuesday morning the smell of smoke lingered and black streaks were also on her walls.
Crews said the fire started in the man's kitchen, then spread to the attic above the kitchen before it was brought under control.
Investigators said the fire was caused by unattended cooking.
Since Thanksgiving Day, the Red Cross says they've been called in to help more than 37 people due to at least eight fires. They say the holiday season is usually when they are busiest.