Sprinkler system causes more damage than fire in downtown apartments

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many seniors live in the Catholic Presbyterian Apartments downtown, and when a fire bloomed Thursday on the fifth floor there were some tense moments. But, the flames did not do nearly as much damage as the sprinkler system. Water flooded the 5th floor and the four floors below it. Mr. Ray is a resident that was flooded out.

"Now, I am at a point where I can't go into my apartment right now until everything's dry. I can't get any clothes, toothbrush, razor or everyday stuff," said Ray.

Jenny Carver with The American Red Cross was at the apartments helping to give people food and shelter. She said a fire is a big issue for anyone, but especially traumatic for seniors.

"Sometimes, I think it is harder for them, because they feel established. And to have something thing like this happen, it completely disrupts everything. And they have to look at recovery and sometimes it can seem like a very overwhelming process," said Carver.

The American Red Cross put those who couldn't stay in their homes in local hotels.

There is no word on the cause of the fire.

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