Space heater causes house fire overnight; 4 people escape home

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a fire overnight that investigators say was caused by a space heater.

The call went out around 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16 for a home in the 200 block of Oklahoma Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found flames in one of the bedrooms. The fire was contained within ten minutes, but the home did receive heavy smoke damage.

Four people that were inside the house at the time of the fire were able to escape unharmed.

Investigators say the fire was caused by a space heater placed too close to the bed. Officials with BRFD say after speaking to the family and looking through records, it was found BRFD had recently installed smoke detectors in the home as part of their Smoke Detector Program.

The family was able to escape safely thanks to the two smoke detectors installed by BRFD alerting them to the fire.

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