12 residents displaced after apartment fire

12 residents displaced after apartment fire

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Twelve people including six adults and six children were displaced Wednesday evening after a fire damaged their apartment on Rush Avenue near Gardere Lane in Baton Rouge.

The fire started at an apartment at 8561 Rush Avenue about 5:18 p.m. St. George Fire Department and the Baton Rouge Fire Department were dispatched to the incident.

Officials say fire and smoke were coming from a front upstairs window and spread to the attic of the fourplex. The electrical wiring burned in the attic which resulted in the utilities being disconnected and a downstairs unit had water damage.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by children playing with a lighter. Red Cross officials were on the scene to assist the families.

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