A fire started near a portable heater in a home Thursday morning at 960 Timberside Drive , according to a Baton Rouge Fire Department news release.

The family escaped unharmed after being alerted to the fire by their smoke alarm, the news release says.

A call came in reporting the blaze at 3:09 a.m., the release says.

The fire was in a bedroom and spread into the living room but was contained to that area, the release says.

The rest of the house had some smoke damage , the release says .