A Baton Rouge house was destroyed in a fire that began early Saturday morning when a candle was knocked over, authorities said.

The house, at 1538 Robin St. off of Scenic Highway, was about 70 percent destroyed before the fire was brought under control, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said in a news release.

The resident, who escaped uninjured, said the fire spread quickly, Monte said.

Seven units responded to the fire, Monte said, and the total loss is estimated at $55,000.