The Baton Rouge Fire Department said more than 20 residents were displaced after a two alarm fire at the Hub at Baton Rouge Apartment Homes.
People watched as firefighters worked to preserve what they could from the apartment building.
“When the call initially came in, a lady thought her stove was on fire, but it was a fire in the back wall. When firefighters got on the scene, the fire had already entered the attic space. The fire traveled, but they were able to keep it from jumping to another building, ” Public Information Officer Curt Monte said.
Rinya Gray said all she had time to do was run when someone alerted her family to get out.
“Bang, bang, bang… My mama thought someone was at the door. She went outside, they was like, ‘Get out the house! Get out the house! The apartments upstairs is on fire.’ We just ran out the house with no shoes or nothing. We ran for our life, ” Rinya Gray said.
With eight units destroyed and residents displaced, fire officials said it was a good thing no one was hurt.
“The apartment says there may be some empty apartments where they can put some people into, and we have Red Cross on the way to assist also,” said Monte.