Neighbors blame closed bridge for fire's devastation

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Posted: Oct 24, 2011 6:05 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Oct 24, 2011 6:45 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: neighbors, closed, bridge, devastating, house, fire

BATON ROUGE- Neighbors blame a bridge that is closed for repairs for a fire that destroyed a home in Baton Rouge. The fire gutted a home in the 6000 block of Monarch Avenue over the weekend.

"I heard a pop, like a gun, so I got up and looked through the window and my backyard was lit up from the fire," neighbor Dorothy Thomas said.

Thomas says she called 911 as soon as she saw the blaze. She says it took firefighters at least 15 minutes to get to the fire because of the closed Bluegrass Bridge.

"Whenever anything happens nobody knows how to get here," Thomas said.

Inspectors closed the bridge more than a year-and-a-half ago after they deemed it the worst in Baton Rouge. Since then, the mayor set aside $610,000 for it to be replaced, and crews began construction on the bridge several months ago.

The project could be complete by mid-November. It's one of eight bridges in the parish that is closed for repairs or to be replaced. The Metro Council could move $900,000 from the general fund to the Public Works budget for bridge repairs at a meeting Wednesday.

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