Child playing with lighter causes apartment fire
BATON ROUGE – A child playing with a lighter was the cause of an apartment fire in the 5000 block of Mcclelland Court on Thursday morning.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived on the scene of the fire on Thursday around 11 a.m. to find an upstairs apartment engulfed in flames. The fire was brought under control after about 13 minutes.
It was determined that the fire was started by a child playing with a lighter. The child was placed in the Juvenile Fire Setter Program. According to BRFD, the program will monitor and educate the child on the dangers of fire and the importance of fire safety.
One apartment below where the fire started received minor water damage and another apartment next door received light smoke damage. The five residents who were living in the apartment were left displaced. Red Cross arrived on the scene and assisted them.
The apartment received an estimated $55,000 worth of damage.