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Two home fires overnight displace residents, kill dog

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BATON ROUGE - An early-morning fire at a Drusilla Lane apartment complex on Sunday damaged most of the units in one building, but the only injury was one to a firefighter, a fire department news release said.

The causes of that fire and one Saturday night at a house on Erie Street are still under investigation, according to fire department news releases. Foul play is not suspected in either fire.

In the Drusilla Lane fire, firefighters found smoke coming from the building when they arrived, but no flames. They eventually found the fire inside a wall near a heating unit in one of the apartments. It spread through the wall spaces and into the attic. Firefighters had to rip down the wall board and eventually cut a hole in the roof to attack the blaze.

It took firefighters from Baton Rouge Fire Department and St. George Fire Department more than 90 minutes to get the fire under control. In all, the fire damaged three of the eight apartments in the building, water damaged four and smoke damaged all of them, the news release said.

Damage was estimated at $160,000, with building and contents initially valued at $300,000.

The hurt firefighter, whose injuries were  not serious, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

In the Erie Street fire, firefighters found the house fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at 10:48 pm Saturday. Two people inside had escaped, but were unable to rescue the family dog.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about 43 minutes, but the house was badly damaged, the news release said.


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