BRFD investigating deadly fire at apartment complex, 16 people displaced

BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating a deadly apartment fire that occurred late Thursday night.

Officials say the fire department received the call at 11:33 p.m., and the first units arrived at the apartment complex on Alaska Street four minutes later.

When firefighters arrived, there was fire coming out of the rear window of the bottom of one apartment and two people standing outside. The people said there was still one person inside the apartment.

Fire crews searched the apartment, and they found a deceased person located in a rear bedroom. The fire traveled to the apartment above and began spreading in the attic.

Authorities have not released the deceased person’s identity at this time.

Officials say crews limited the fire damage to two apartments and the attic, but other units sustained smoke and water damage.

Due to the building damage, the power had to be cut. Investigators with BRFD, BRPD, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal are working to determine the cause of the fire and death.

First responders contacted the Red Cross to help the 16 displaced occupants.

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