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Water keeps senior citizens from returning home

1 year ago February 06, 2014 Feb 6, 2014 Thursday, February 06 2014 Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:46:52 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rebecca Buchanan

BATON ROUGE - Senior citizens displaced by a fire will have to stay out for a second night, but not due to damage from the flames.

A microwave caught fire on the fifth floor of Catholic Presbyterian Apartments late Wednesday night. The apartment's sprinkler system quickly extinguished the fire, but not before causing a flood on the five bottom floors.

"The fire alarm just kept going on and on and I heard water like it was coming through, so I ran down and it was running down on the floors downstairs," explained Vera Meeks.

Many residents had to stay with family while crews worked to dry out the walls and floors. Ten people were taken to a hotel by the Red Cross.

"That's a bad feeling," said resident Liz Young, "but it was alright, I still have my life so I could deal with it."

All residents are expected to return home by Friday.

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