BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One person is dead and another was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a house fire Thursday morning.
The fire happened on Carlotta Street in Baton Rouge just before 7 a.m. It took crews about 30 minutes to get it under control.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department confirmed a man was found dead in the home. Investigators believe he died of smoke inhalation. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office said the victim is 37 year old James Mobley.
"Anytime there is a life loss, the mood...it's just a somber mood," Curt Monte with BRFD said. "The best case scenario or the best thing firefighters would like to see when they arrive on scene [is] that everyone was safely out of the home."
Authorities said the injured man had made it out of the home by the time firefighters arrived. Mark Miles with BRFD said he suffered second and third degree burns. The man is reportedly listed in serious condition.
Claire Babin, who lives next door, jumped out of bed and ran outside after smelling smoke.
"It was surreal," said Babin. "It was the first time that I've seen fireman put on their stuff really fast and in a hurry up close and personal."
Investigators believe the fire started on the second floor. Officials said when crews arrived on the scene, that level of the home was engulfed in flames. They added witnesses told them one person was trapped on the second floor and his body was later found.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
There was reportedly a third person inside the home at the time of the fire who escaped unharmed.