Overloaded power cord cause of 79th Street house fire
BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators say a Friday afternoon house fire in the 1600 block of 79th Avenue was caused by an overloaded power cord.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to the scene just before 2 p.m., and the fire was under control within 10 minutes.
Firefighters arriving on the scene found fire in the front bedroom, and were able to contain the blaze to that room. The house was empty at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.
The house received heavy smoke damage, causing an estimated $5,000 in damage to the building.