A man and his grandson perished in a house fire in Baton Rouge early Friday, and the blaze sent a woman to a hospital with second- and third-degree burns, officials said.
John Broadway, 95, and his grandson Terron Broadway, 20, whom John Broadway had adopted, were identified as the deceased by Dr. Beau Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner. The pair were found inside the 1650 N. 38th St. home, just north of Gus Young Avenue, said Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles. The fire, which was called in at 1:19 a.m., devoured a significant portion of the one-story house, which was declared a total loss, Miles said.
The injured woman, John Broadway’s daughter, was burned while trying to save her trapped family members, one of whom was found in a rear bedroom and the other in a hallway, Miles said.
A granddaughter of the elder Broadway, Zena Broadway, 47, said her surviving relative was being treated at a burn unit and appeared stable as of late Friday morning.
Miles said the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but officials do not suspect foul play.
John Broadway had worked as a mechanic and was a deacon and a choir member at True Light Baptist Church, his granddaughter said.
“He loved to sing,” Zena Broadway said, smiling.
A father of five, John Broadway adopted Terron Broadway after the death of the young man’s biological father, Zena Broadway said.
Terron Broadway was a student at Baton Rouge Community College, said Steve Mitchell, a school spokesman. The 20-year-old also worked two jobs, one of which was as a fry cook at a Brew-Bacher’s Grill, Zena Broadway said.
Because of his advanced age, John Broadway required care, which was why his daughter who was burned had been living part time at his house, Zena Broadway said.
“He was very nice, very respectable,” said 52-year-old Steven Stewart, a friend of John Broadway’s. “I feel bad that it happened. We’re gonna miss him.”
Stewart said the elder Broadway often sat on his porch, visited with friends and offered neighborhood kids cold drinks on hot days.
The whole left side of the house was burned through, smelling of smoke Friday morning. The living room was blackened and exposed to the elements after the structure crumbled and its mint-green siding was melted away.
Miles, the fire official, said the damage on the house was too severe to determine whether there were working smoke alarms in the house at the time of the fire.