Elderly apartment complex evacuated Wednesday night

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Posted: Feb 5, 2014 8:20 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Feb 5, 2014 11:13 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Managers and firefighters evacuated the Catholic-Presbyterian Apartments after a small fire triggered the sprinkler system and filled part of the building with smoke Wednesday night.

Emergency crews were called to the high-rise in downtown just before 8 p.m. about a fire on one of the upper floors. Numerous trucks and first responders surrounded the complex on North Street.

A fire department spokesperson said a microwave fire forced the alarm but was extinguished quickly although the smoke lingered.

"I was watching television and the fire alarm went off," said Rubbie Jackson, who lives in the building.

"They said everybody on the 5th and 6th floor leave the building, and my little dog got shaken real bad. He went to the door and I guess he smelled the smoke and started barking," she said.

Managers said there was water from the fifth floor down to the second. They spent Wednesday night inspecting the building and promised to have a safe place to stay for residents if they could not get back inside.

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