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Apartment fire possibly caused by electrical problem displaces about 20 people

Source: Gerron Jordan/WAFB Source: Gerron Jordan/WAFB

Firefighters were called out to a fire at an apartment complex early Tuesday morning that they believe was due to an electrical malfunction.

It happened at the Black Stone Manor Apartments in Baton Rouge around 4:30 a.m. The complex is located on West Brookstown Drive near Prescott Road.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported all indications point to an electrical short being the cause of the fire, but investigators have not yet determined the exact origin.

"Fire prevention is one of the major parts or key components of the fire service," said Curt Monte with BRFD. "If we don't make fires, then we've been successful at that."

According to Monte, firefighters arrived on the scene to find an upstairs apartment on fire. He added the flames made it into the attic before it was brought under control, but the flames were contained to the one unit. However, several other apartments had heavy smoke and water damage.

He also said about 20 people are displaced because of the fire. The Red Cross was called out to help the families.

No injuries were reported.

Because temperatures are expected to continue to drop this week, Monte urged people to pay close attention to space heaters and smoke detectors.

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