Firefighters investigate cause of major blaze at apartment complex on Essen

Firefighters investigate cause of major blaze at apartment complex on Essen

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Firefighters are working to find out what sparked a massive blaze at a Baton Rouge apartment complex.

The major fire started shortly before 1 p.m. at the Cobblestone apartment complex. Eight trucks from the St. George Fire Department and five from the Baton Rouge Fire Department battled the flames that spread quickly through the complex.

The roof of the rear building was removed. Around 3 p.m. the fire was considered to be under control.

EMS transported two residents to the hospital for treatment. They are expected to recover without issue. A firefighter and a deputy were also treated at the scene for fire-related injuries.

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. Officials with ATF and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office were on scene to help the investigation. Officials say it appears the fire started on the outside of the first building and spread from there.

"We've brought in a lot of resources from our canines to our lab, and just the amount of interviews we've had to do. At this point, the investigation is still active and nothing has peaked us as being suspicious, but again, this is a crime scene and it takes a lot of information to get an end result," said State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.

Officials said 18 apartments were destroyed with 36 families displaced. American Red Cross was on the scene to help families

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