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BRFD: Mattress fire started by child with matches

3 years 3 months 1 week ago June 20, 2013 Jun 20, 2013 Thursday, June 20 2013 June 20, 2013 3:51 PM in News
Source: Baton Rouge Fire Department
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Firefighters in Baton Rouge said a house fire today was started by a child playing with matches, but put out before any major damage could be done.

Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire was called in just after 3 p.m. from a home in the 4900 block of Hammond Street.

Firefighters found a mattress on fire in a front bedroom, which they quickly put out. They said the home had minimal damage.

Investigators at the scene counseled the child who started the fire, and released him to his parents. They said they would do follow-up counseling with the child and their family.

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