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Residents looking for place to stay after morning fire

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BATON ROUGE- An early morning apartment fire in Baton Rouge left six people homeless today.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North 39th Street. Firefighters found an upstairs unit engulfed in flames. The other three units suffered smoke and water damage.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents. One family tells News 2 after tonight, she and her kids could be on the streets.

"I don't even know what to say right now. I'm just thinking about where we're going to go after this night," said LaKisha Smith.

The Smiths are being housed for one night by Red Cross. A spokesperson said they assist with immediate needs, but it is only a temporary solution.

"The Red Cross role is for immediate needs," said Nancy Malone with the Red Cross. "There's not another agency fulfilling that role so we're looking at a very short term. What can we do to get this family off the streets tonight and make sure they can start thinking about recovery plan."

The group evaluates each case to determine how to best provide assistance, and for how long.

Faulty electrical wiring is being blamed for the fire.



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