Overnight fire claims life of Baton Rouge hero, destroys home

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Friday, September 27, 2013 - 1:30pm

A Baton Rouge hero died in an overnight fire that destroyed a two story home on N. 28th Street.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to the call at roughly 1:40 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. Officials say three people were inside the home when the fire started. Two escaped safely, but the third victim, Stanford Wilson, 60, was unable to get out in time.

“He was discovered by fire fighters in a back room of the home,” Curt Monte, Baton Rouge Fire Department, said. “The fire was so intense that the second story of the home collapsed shortly after the arrival of fire fighters.”

Wilson was regarded in the community as a hero due to his actions on May 22, 2004. He attempted to wrestle Shedran Williams off of BRPD Lt. Vickie Wax outside the Wal-Mart formerly located on Perkins Road.

During the struggle, Williams shot and killed Lt. Wax and injured Wilson.

The surviving victims of today’s fire were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Officials did not provide an update regarding their condition.

Fire fighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading to neighboring homes. It took 8 units and 5 pumpers nearly 3 hours before the blaze was extinguished.

“The house next door was extremely close,” Monte said. “There was an elderly female resident in that home and she got out safely.”

Investigators are working to determine how the fire started.

“It will reach several levels of the investigative process. They will have to interview the witnesses and the surviving victims. There’s nothing at this point in time that leads to foul play, but that hasn’t been ruled out.”

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine Wilson’s exact cause of death.


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