Child playing with lighter sparks fire that tears through Lobdell apartment building

Child playing with lighter sparks fire that tears through Lobdell apartment building
Child playing with lighter badly damages four apartment units
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Firefighters responded to a 2-alarm fire at the Aspens Apartments on Lobdell Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

The call went out just before 3 p.m. at the Aspens Apartments, located at 2022 Lobdell Blvd. near Tom Drive.

A spokesman with the Baton Rouge Fire Department says the fire affected one building at the complex and badly damaged four unit inside. EMS treated one person on the scene, who is not believed to be a resident, for smoke inhalation. Officials believe the person was trying to assist residents during the fire.

Officials say the fire was started by a 6-year-old child playing with a lighter. Investigators interviewed the child and will place him in the Junior Fire Setters Program to be taught fire safety and monitored.

BATON ROUGE – Fire crews say a massive fire on Lobdell Boulevard was caused by a child playing with a lighter Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported around 3 oclock in the afternoon at the Aspens Apartments. Fire crews closed roads in the area to battle the blaze.

The inhabitants of the building, including a dog rescued in a large mesh box, were able to get out of the burning complex.

Investigators say the fire stemmed from a six-year-old playing with a lighter. Four of the ten units of the building were destroyed, six more received heavy smoke damage.


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