BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two people are dead and another is in the hospital being treated for burns after fire destroyed a house in Baton Rouge early Friday morning, according to officials.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported it happened at a home on North 38th Street near Gus Young Avenue around 1:15 a.m. (See map below) Once firefighters arrived, a witness told them two men were trapped inside in separate rooms, but by the time they were able to get into the home it was too late.
The two men found dead were 20-year-old Torien Broadway and his 95-year-old grandfather John Broadway.
It took just minutes for the fire to rip through the home but for a grieving mother the pain will last forever.
"To get a call stating that your son is dead is the most heartbreaking experience in the world," Nancy Colar, Torien's mother said.
Colar said losing her son's grandfather was horrific, but losing her son is unimaginable.
"John was a good man. He loved my son to death. He gave him the world and I'm so sorry both of them are gone in a tragedy," she said. "He was smart he was caring he was loving. He had a head on his shoulder. He was going in the right direction and it just rips my heart out."
Torien's girlfriend, Tiffany Riley, said the two had only been dating for a year, but he will always have a piece of her heart.
"I feel as though this is a nightmare," Riley said. "We went everywhere together. He would walk me to class or help me with my homework. He was there all the time."
The destruction left behind is nothing compared to the emotional damage the family is now dealing with but in the wake of this tragedy they're coming together.
Because of her heartbreak Colar hopes other parents will cherish every moment with their children.
"Grab hold of your children...hold them tight and tell them you love them because you're not promised tomorrow. If I could grab hold of my son I'd never let him go. I'd tell him 'baby I love you and I miss you with everything in me.'"
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Mark Miles with BRFD said investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but foul play is not suspected. He added firefighters reported seeing flames shooting out the front of the house when they arrived at the scene.
The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal is also investigating the fire.
The house was a total loss.
The Red Cross is assisting the family.