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Coroner identifies man killed during Carlotta St. fire

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BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim of a morning house fire that left one man dead.

According to the coroner, 37-year-old James Mobley was the man firefighters said was killed after he was overcome by smoke on the second floor of a home in the 3200 block of Carlotta St. near E. State St. shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday.

Another person from the home was taken to the hospital in serious condition with second- and third-degree burns.

The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. Kevin Perkins lost everything.

However, Perkins said a higher power got him out of bed this morning. He typically doesn't run in the morning.

"I'm definitely thankful because I haven't been consistent with running in three months," Perkins said. "This morning, I got up at 5am, and couldn't go back to sleep."

The State Fire Marshal's Office is also looking into the condition of the home before the fire. The building was a single-family home converted into a five-unit apartment building. Authorities say the house's smoke detectors and fire alarms were all working.

"I'm thankful that I do have my life," Perkins said. "Everything that I have can be replaced in abundance. So, I'm not too concerned about what's in my apartment because there's only one of me."

The coroner's office said they will perform an autopsy to determine an exact cause of death for Mobley.


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