POSTED: Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 5:52pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 8:52am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — State Fire Marshal investigators are investigating a fatal house fire in Baton Rouge. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said they received the call around 7:08 p.m. Saturday. The fire was located in the 7400 block of Greenwell Street. Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen. James Crockett Sr., 64, was found inside the home. Firefighters got him out. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Browning does not suspect foul play. He said the investigation is on going. Crockett's wife Cynthia Crockett told NBC33 about the family’s heartbreaking loss on Sunday.
Crockett said, "[Saturday] my home alarm system along with my smoke detector called my son to tell him my smoke alarm had gone off.”
That's when Cynthia Crockett got shocking phone call from her son.
"I raced home and the firefighters were here," She said. "But, James was still in the house. So, I was waiting on them to bring James out. "
Firefighters got her husband out of the house.
"I know God ain't going to put no more on me than I can bear you know, and all I could do was start praying immediately when I saw him you know,” She described.
"It was just like a nightmare; because they brought him out he was unconscious. They immediately started doing cpr. Then they put them in the ambulance and took him to the hospital where they pronounced him dead," She stated.
She said James will be greatly missed. He was a veteran and loving father.
"That he was a fun loving person. You know he loved yard work. He never meet a stranger," She described.
Crockett will miss the love her husband provided most. A love she will never forget.
"Being my husband, being here with me, cuddling with me, going places together," She said.
James Crockett is survived by his wife Cynthia, his three children, and six grandchildren.