The American Red Cross said it has closed the shelter
for those displaced in an apartment fire because they all found new places to
The BREC North Street Park gym was converted to a
shelter after the Turner Plaza Apartment complex caught fire Wednesday and left
many residents, some of them elderly or disabled, without a place to stay.
Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing, health
services and more for 20 victims. Officials said nine people stayed at the
shelter Wednesday night.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported it was called
out to a three-alarm fire at the complex around 1:30 p.m. It is located on
North Street in downtown Baton Rouge.
Investigators said they believe the most likely cause
of the fire is a heater that was located in the apartment where the fire
A spokesman for BRFD said one person, who was inside
that apartment, was taken for treatment, but there are no other injuries.
The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging has a senior
center at the site. The complex is operated by the East Baton Rouge Housing
The Council on Aging is collecting new and gently used
household items, personal care items and clothing for residents. Donated items
may be dropped off at the EBR Council on Aging's main location at 5790 Florida
Officials said they have been receiving lots of
donations for the victims, but more are needed.
Officials are trying to control a fire at an apartment complex near downtown Baton Rouge.The apartment complex, Turner Plaza in the 4400 block of North Street, is a Council on Aging site. The fire startedMore >>
Officials responded to a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex near downtown Baton Rouge that left dozens of people without a place to stay, including some senior citizens.More >>