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BRFD: 36 people displaced by apartment fire

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BATON ROUGE- Dozens of residents at the Turner Plaza Apartments spent the day trying to figure out what they'll do next after a fire torched their apartment Wednesday.

The fire roared through building six, sending elderly people and people with needs from their homes. Gloria Banks is one of those residents.

"I'm looking for a place to live," Banks said.  "This is my second time starting over. I'm a Katrina evacuee and now I am a survivor of a fire."

Currently, the Red Cross is assisting the residents displaced by the fire. The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority hopes to have all of the displaced residents moved into other types of housing by the end of next week.

The Housing Authority told News 2, the building was up to code. There were working smoke detectors in every unit, and fire extinguishers in the breezeways. The sound of the chirping smoke detectors could still be heard in the afternoon air Thursday.

Investigators believe the fire started in the bedroom of one of the units near a heater. However, the damage is so extensive, they may never know the exact cause.

For people like Banks, she's relying on her faith to get through the adversity she faces for a second time in less than a decade.

"It's going to be kind of rough for me to get back on my feet," Banks said.  "I'm going to make it by the grace of God."

The building and contents lost in the fire are valued at 1.25 million dollars. If you would like to help residents, the Council on Aging is taking donations. The COA can be reached at 225-923-8000.


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