A Sunday fire that destroyed a four-unit apartment building was discovered by an upstairs resident who awakened the only other person in the building, allowing both to escape unharmed, a spokesman for the St. George Fire Department said.
The blaze at 15025 Shenandoah View Court, which is near the intersection of Jones Creek and Tiger Bend roads, started about 5:20 a.m., spokesman Eldon Ledoux said in a news release.
When a man in an upstairs unit was awakened by his smoke alarm, he saw flames in and above his apartment, Ledoux said. The man woke the woman who lived directly below him, and the two left the building.
One of the other units was vacant, and the resident of the fourth apartment was not home, Ledoux said.
The glow from the fire could be seen from several blocks away, the release says.
That building was a loss, Ledoux said, but the firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to a four-unit building next door.
Investigators are working to find the cause of the blaze, the release says.
Four men arrested in armed robbery
Authorities arrested four men Sunday accused of forcing a man into his Comite Hills West home at gunpoint and then stealing his cellphone, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.
The robbery happened about 5 a.m. Sunday when the victim arrived home in the subdivision located off of Joor Road, the release says.
The victim knew the robbers, the release says. No one was injured.
Two of the suspects were quickly arrested in the subdivision, the release says.
The Baton Rouge Police Department helicopter and the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit later found the other two men in the woods behind the subdivision, the release says.
The men arrested are: Corsy Hollins, 26, 1305 N. 47th St.; Loialiki Moi, 27, 722 N. 38th St.; Sherman Smith, 30, 4014 Pitcher St.; and James Williams, 18, 722 N. 38th St.
The men were booked into Parish Prison on one count each of armed robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated battery and simple criminal damage to property.
Authorities arrest 5 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
• Lapensza Jackson, 41, 10514 Bertha St., first-offense DWI, seat belt violation, reckless operation of a vehicle and open container violation.
• Krystle Noble, 25, 4530 River Road, Port Allen, first-offense DWI.
• Thelma Rouchon, 39, 6126 St. Pius St., first-offense DWI.
• Jairo Velasquez, 23, 16352 Old Hammond Highway, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
• Lindsey Weigand, 26, 19317 W. Piney Point Ave., first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.