Apartment fire leaves 43 homeless

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 7:46am


The Red Cross has set up temporary housing in Baton Rouge for the victims of a huge apartment fire. 37 apartments were completely destroyed, leaving more than 40 people homeless.

The fire started at Oak Village Apartments around 7:30 Monday evening. Firefighters say when they got there, the entire roof of one building was already on fire and several upstairs units were burning.

An elderly woman was rescued from her home. 43 other people got out on their own. Another apartment building was evacuated as a precaution.

Just one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The entire apartment building was lost; a cost of more than $2 million.

Investigators think the fire started in an upstairs apartment that was used for storage. They do not suspect foul play.

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