BAKER — A woman admitted to a hospital after her rescue from a Saturday morning house fire is expected to recover, a Baker Fire Department spokesman said Saturday afternoon.
The woman, Antrella Holiday, 22, initially was listed in critical condition at Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid-City, Fire Department spokesman Howard Ward said.
However, Ward said Holiday’s condition had “improved greatly” by Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters arrived at the house at 4670 Gibbens-Payne Ave. at 4:43 a.m., Ward said.
Four other people in the house at the time escaped unharmed, but Holiday was trapped, Ward said.
Firefighters pulled Holiday out through a window and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her until paramedics arrived, Ward said.
The house was gutted and is considered a total loss, Ward said.
The Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire, Ward said.
James Kelly, the house’s owner and Holiday’s uncle, said he, his wife, two children and Holiday were in the house when the fire broke out.
Kelly said he was asleep when the fire started and is unsure of its cause.
“I just woke up, and I heard a beep, and I just saw smoke,” Kelly said.
Neighbors said they heard a loud pop — like a gunshot — Saturday morning before noticing the fire.
Adrian White, one next door neighbor, said he looked out the front of his house and saw nothing, then looked next door and saw the fire.
White’s wife, Pam, said she called 911 once they saw the flames.
Adrian White said he ran to the house and beat on the front door to wake the family up. White then heard family members screaming inside after they awoke.
White said he and another neighbor, Cleveland Seals, broke a window to try to help people out of the house.
“When we broke the window, you couldn’t even see (inside),” White said.
White said smoke billowed out of the house and flames rolled out of the house and onto the roof.
“I never want to see anything again like that in my life,” White said.