BAKER, LA (WAFB) - Eight months after a deadly plane took the life of pilot John Fowler of Mississippi, residents on Rue Jennifer in Baker are relieved to see one of the homes destroyed by the crash is finally being torn down.
A private plane crashed in Baker, La and was engulfed in flames after it hit three homes on June 7, 2013. Although there were no injuries on the ground, the pilot did not survive.
The Beechcraft King Air went down on a Friday afternoon along Rue Jennifer, just minutes after takeoff from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Officials said when the plane went down it clipped one house and a tree. The plane then spun around and hit two more homes. The plane burst into flames and set the two homes on fire.
The crash was almost four miles from the airport.
"It was an eye-opening event for us. Living so close to an airport it's always been something that's close in the back of our mind. When it did happen, it seemed like the guys reacted to it well. It was a great cooperation among agencies. We learned a lot," said Howard Ward with the Baker Fire Department.
It has taken eight months for any work to begin on the property.
According to Baker Mayor Harold Rideau, the owner of the home claimed the house was still under control of the Baton Rouge Airport which is why he hasn't made repairs up until this point, but Rideau says he has emails with the National Transportation Safety Board that said otherwise.
There is no word on the plans for the property, but bulldozers are currently tearing down what is left of the house.