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BRFD says deadly fire started by child

4 years 8 months 4 days ago Tuesday, August 04 2015 Aug 4, 2015 August 04, 2015 12:18 PM August 04, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators said a deadly fire last night in Baton Rouge was caused by a child playing with a lighter.

Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said 58-year-old Martin Osigwe died from smoke inhalation in the fire on Voohries Drive. Investigators said the fire was contained to the bedroom and hallway of the home, and the house did not have working smoke detectors.

Monte said it's the ninth fire in the city this year which was started by a child.

"Please take this time to talk to your loved ones and neighbors about safety in the home. Check your smoke detectors and practice your escape plans," Monte said.

Firefighters said the child and family will be counseled and given assistance through the Juvenile Fire Setter Program.

Anyone with questions about how to talk with children about fire safety can call the BRFD Fire Prevention Bureau at (225) 354-1430.

Animal Control also rescued a goat from a shed on the property. Hilton Cole with Animal Control said that firefighters tied the goat up near the house.

Animal Control found the goat near the property Tuesday munching on an azalea bush.  

Cole said the goat is in good condition and a notice was left for the family to contact Animal Control.


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