Duplex a ‘total loss’ after early morning fire


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a blaze early Thursday morning.

Firefighters arrived at 323 South 16th St. around 2 a.m. and found “the structure engulfed in flames,” according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

Firefighters went to work putting the fire out and did so in around 25 minutes.

BRPD says, “investigators believe the fire started near the rear of one vacant side of the duplex.”

There were five people in the duplex at the time of the fire and all of them were able to get out without being injured.

Seven total units, four pumpers and one ladder were used to put the fire out.

According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, ‘the entire building suffered extensive heat and smoke damage.”

The duplex sustained $60,000 in damages and is considered a ‘total loss.’

BPRD, EMS and Entergy assisted the Baton Rouge Fire Department at the scene.

Fire investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.

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