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Unattended candle near combustibles results in house fire off Fairfields Avenue

2 years 10 months 1 day ago Wednesday, September 22 2021 Sep 22, 2021 September 22, 2021 11:51 AM September 22, 2021 in News
Source: Baton Rouge Fire Department
The Baton Rouge Fire Department was called to the 2100 block of West Belfair Drive Wednesday, September 22, 2021 when an unattended candle near combustibles resulted in a house fire.

BATON ROUGE - A house fire broke out in a residence off Fairfields Avenue Wednesday morning, and officials traced the source of the blaze to an unattended candle.

First responders with the Baton Rouge Fire Department were called to the 2100 block of West Belfair Drive shortly after 9 a.m.

Upon arriving, they discovered a rear bedroom engulfed in flames and were able to contain the fire to that area.

Even so, the rest of the home sustained heavy smoke and heat damage, amounting to a $40,000 loss. 

Thankfully, no one was injured during the incident and the Red Cross is assisting the two residents who were impacted by the event.

Officials say the unattended candle that started the fire had been placed near combustibles.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, one third of every home candle fires start in the bedroom; three of every five candle fires are from candles being placed too close to combustibles. 

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