BR firefighters respond to four fires over the weekend

BR firefighters respond to four fires over the weekend
Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 4:29pm

Four fires happened over the weekend in the Baton Rouge area. Three of those occurred within a 12-hour period, including two residential homes and a business.

The first fire was reported shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at a home on Redwood Road. A pot left unattended on the stove seems to be the source of the blaze. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread. However, smoke and water damage was caused to other portions of the home.

Roughly 24-hours later, another fire was called in to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. This one was located at a home on Progress Road. When firefighters arrived they found that the flames had reached the attic.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. However, investigators do believe the fire started in the kitchen and then spread to the den, then attic area. The home sustained extensive smoke and water damage. Fortunately the occupants were not home when the fire started. However, due to the extensive damage the Red Cross was called in to find shelter for the displaced family.

The third incident was called in roughly four hours later at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. In this case, however, investigators believe they located the source of the blaze.

Firefighters believe the fire started at the home on Blackberry Road because of “improperly extinguished smoking materials.” They say the occupants of the home were not in the room when the fire started, but they noticed smoke coming out of the room and found that the mattress was on fire.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, preventing it from spreading throughout the home.

Lastly, a fire started at a local business on Choctaw Road at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. We’re told this one was caused by an electrical malfunction located around an electronic scale in the warehouse portion of the building. In this case the fire was contained so the damage was minimal. In fact, we’re told the business plans to be open Monday morning.

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