BR man, 64, dies in Greenwell Street blaze

A 64-year-old man was pronounced dead Saturday night at a Baton Rouge hospital after firefighters found him unresponsive and not breathing inside a burning home on Greenwell Street.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said it is too early to say what killed James Crockett inside the home at 7426 Greenwell St.

He said there was no obvious trauma to the body, but they cannot say it was smoke inhalation until they receive reports from the parish Coroner’s Office.

The alarm system inside the home alerted firefighters to the blaze at 7:08 p.m., and when firefighters arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames, Browning said.

Investigators think the fire began in the kitchen.

Browning said the cause remains under investigation but foul play is not suspected.

“There’s nothing that’s come to our attention at this point that’s suspicious,” he said.

Crockett was found in a hallway and given emergency medical care at the scene before an ambulance transported him to Baton Rouge General Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead, Browning said. No one else was found in the home.

He said the Brownsfield, Central, District 6 and Baton Rouge fire departments all responded to the blaze.