Lightning strike causes fire at Southern University Museum of Arts

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The Baton Rouge Police Department responded to a fire at the Southern University Museum of Arts on Thursday morning. 

Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:30 a.m and arrived ten minutes later to find smoke coming from the structure.

BRPD said, “firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the top corner of the building.”

It took almost twenty minutes for firefighters to extinguish the fire with the help of seven total units, four pumpers and one ladder.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was started by a lightning strike. 

The lightning strike caused some bricks from the museum to fall to the ground. 

The Baton Rouge Fire Department determined that the fire did not spread to another part of the building. 

BRFD said, “the quick response and actions of firefighters stopped the fire from spreading and it was contained to the roof area of the building.”

The Southern University Museum of Arts sustained $30,000 in damages.

The SUPD and EMS assisted the Baton Rouge Fire Department at the scene of the fire. 

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