Man dies in overnight house fire on 79th Street

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 9:00pm

A 30-year-old man died last night after he was unable to escape his home when a fire broke out.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department was called to the home on the 1600 block of 79th Avenue shortly before 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. We’re told a father and his son were trapped inside when firefighters arrived. They managed to pull the father out of the bathroom window, but were unable to locate his son.

Jonas Spears suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say 60 percent of the home was damaged by the fire. They believe it started in the kitchen. However, investigators are still working to determine what sparked the blaze.


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