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Fire erupts in LSU off-campus apartment complex overnight

4 months 1 day 10 hours ago Saturday, January 22 2022 Jan 22, 2022 January 22, 2022 7:48 AM January 22, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A fire consumed an LSU-area apartment complex early Saturday.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department said it responded to a blaze on July Street, in LSU's North Gate area, just after midnight.

The blaze appeared to have burned through multiple units at the apartment complex popular among college students.

"I thought my apartment was on fire, it turns out that it was this one next to me. And you can see going through the window here next to my bedroom window. It never actually made it to my bedroom but it burned up and over on top of mine," resident Richard Jarred said.

The fire erupted as temperatures plummeted overnight, dipping into the mid 20s.

"She's lost everything. She has nothing like everything is gone," a resident's sister, Jamika Magee, said. "I saw multiple families outside in the cold. In their pajamas, no clothes on."

Firefighters took nearly two hours getting the flames under control. The cause of the fire is undetermined. 

Eyewitness said the fire consumed multiple floors and by sunrise, much of the building had been destroyed. 

The Baton Rouge Fire Department was on the scene much of the morning. 

No injures were reported in the incident. Authorities estimate the fire caused about $2.5 million in losses.

More information will be released later Saturday. 

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