BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Firefighters are investigating a house fire that happened Friday morning in the 5300 block of Paige Street, near Plank Rd. and Hooper Rd. Officials say one child has died in the fire.
Relatives have identified the child as 2-year-old Marques Veals.
The fire started just before 11 a.m.
Marques was staying at his aunt and uncle's home. The aunt and uncle were able to escape the fire, but Marques did not. Officials say the adults in the house tried to go back and rescue Marques, but the flames and heat were too intense.
One of the adults who was in the home was rushed to the hospital for their injuries.
The grandfather, Henry Veals, says he tried to get inside of the burning home to rescue his grandson. The child's cousin, Reneisha Davis, spoke on behalf of the family. "Lord rest his soul and we will keep them in our hearts, minds, thoughts."
The Veals' family is getting that same message from neighbors, friends and even Baton Rouge Mayor President Kip Holden, who learned of the horrific news and showed up to comfort them.
Singleton says the hardest part is having to tell the children who live nearby that they have lost a friend. "Because my son plays with those kids all the time. It's just very devastating."
Fire investigators believe the fire started in the living room of the small, wood-framed home. Flames were scene coming from the front and rear of the house.
There is no word on the cause of the fire.