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Man killed by house fire, authorities investigating

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BATON ROUGE - Firefighters identified a Baton Rouge man who died in a house fire overnight.

Investigators said 58-year-old Vernon Mack died from smoke inhalation when his home in the 5200 block of Stearns caught fire just before midnight.

FIrefighters said they believe Mack fell asleep and left a pot cooking on the stove, which is where the fire started.

The fire department kept the flames from spreading to nearby homes and found Mack's body inside after the fire was extinguished.

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