Baton Rouge firefighters contain fire in flood debris pile

Investigators give update on debris fire
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Several Baton Rouge fire crews are working on hotspots after getting a handle on a fire at a temporary site for debris from the August flooding.

Curt Monte, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Fire Department, said firefighters were called out to the scene where several piles of flood debris were collected on North Sherwood Forest Drive just north of S. Choctaw Drive around 8:15 p.m.

Officials said some debris caught on fire and crews were able to get the flames out around 9:45 p.m.

Monte said the fire was most likely caused by spontaneous combustion. However, the investigation into the fire is still ongoing.

Firefighters will add more water to penetrate the pile of debris to make sure that all the embers are no longer smoldering. Crews are also monitoring air quality on the scene.

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