A mother and her six children escaped their burning home late Friday but their house was destroyed, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman said.

No one was injured in the blaze at 4541 Wells St., Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said Saturday in a news release. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene about 10:40 p.m. Friday to find the house engulfed in flames, the release says.

Initial reports indicated that someone was trapped inside the burning home.

But after a “primary search,” firefighters determined the house was empty, the release said.

The fire was under control at 10:55 p.m. The loss of the home and its contents is estimated at $40,000, the release said.

The Red Cross arrived to assist the family, the release said.

Authorities arrest 7 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

• Leroy Duncan, 62, 1116 Seville St., Baker, third-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in a vehicle and failure to yield right-of-way.

• Electra Esthay, 7526 Vice President Drive, first-offense DWI, registration commercial vehicles exemption, hit and run, resisting an officer and reckless operation of a vehicle.

• James Evans, 22, 20959 Anderson Road, Zachary, first-offense DWI, insurance required and failure to maintain control.

• John Hickman, 31, 355 Tudor Ave., River Ridge, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.

• Wade McKann, 31, 25367 Kendalwood Road, second-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.

• Adam Moran, 22, 14158 Bluff Road, Geismar, first-offense DWI, disobeying a traffic control device and disobeying a red light.

• Thanh Nguyen, 42, 9167 Tracy Ave., first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.