Cause of fire that killed 86-year-old still being investigated

Firefighters respond to deadly house fire on Brown Road in East Baton Rouge Parish

EAST BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An 86-year-old man died following a house fire in Baker.

The Central Fire Department responded to the scene on Thursday, March 12.

According to the State Fire Marshal’s office, the man was found in the living room area of the home, which is located in the 15200 block of Brown Road. The cause of death is still being investigated by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s office.

The man’s identity has not yet been released.

“Investigators learned the male homeowner called 911 to report discovering his vehicles on fire under his carport,” states a press release. "During the 911 call, the man stopped responding to dispatchers after he was believed to have reentered the home, where his body was later discovered.

A second person was also missing when firefighters arrived on the scene, but was later located.

“After an assessment of the scene, investigators believe the fire originated in the area of the carport and/or workshop attached to the rear of the home alongside the carport. The cause remains undetermined and the investigation is ongoing.”

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