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Fire at apartment complex displaces families

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BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway after a fire that left several people homeless in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning.

The blaze broke out just before 5 a.m. at the Blackstone Manor apartment complex in the 4100 block of West Brookstown near Prescott.

Nearly two dozen people are now displaced because of the fire. Red Cross was on the scene this morning to assist them and get them out of the cold weather. Witnesses say that some of the residents were handicapped and had to be helped to safety.

Fire investigators know the fire started in a second floor apartment and spread to several other units before crews got it under control. The cause is still under investigation.

"The fire reached into the attic in some portions, so it could take awhile before they're able to get back in," Curt Monte from the Baton Rouge Fire Department explains. "The electrical system is compromised so it could be a few days before that's inspected and turned back on."

With temperatures hovering around freezing and expected to get colder, it's important to know safe practices over the next few days as you try to keep warm.

"When using space heaters, make sure you keep them at least three feet away from anything that could burn, and never leave them unattended," Monte says. "We don't know if that's the case here, but it's always good advice to give when it's as cold as it is."

We'll have more on this story coming up later today on News 2 at Noon.

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