BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB)- A Baton Rouge couple and their five children are safe and are thankful they survived a fire that destroyed their home early Wednesday morning. The father was at work when the fire started and the mother jumped into action to get her children out of the house.
The fire sparked at a duplex in the 700 block of Holt Drive in Baton Rouge shortly after 3 a.m. Holt is off Goodwood Boulevard near its intersection with South Flannery Road.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but foul play is not suspected. Officials said it is believed the fire started in the attic above the two units.
Quick thinking by Sheron Mitchell Gentris helped her and her kids get out before firefighters arrived.
"I just wanted to get out of there," Gentris said. I knew it was smoke. They couldn't breathe. They were coughing and I was just thinking about getting my kids out of there and to safety. That's all I was worried about."