A Baton Rouge firefighter suffered a leg injury when firefighters from two departments battled an apartment building blaze early Sunday that damaged all eight units.
Firefighters who were called to the Hampton Court Apartments, 2424 Drusilla Lane, about 4:45 a.m. Sunday, saw smoke coming from the building, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles said in a news release.
They found fire in the wall near the heating unit of a downstairs apartment. But when firefighters started putting out the flames, they saw that the fire had gotten into the wall and spread to the attic.
Crews removed sheet rock from the walls, and eventually cut a hole in the roof to control the blaze, Miles’ release says.
Baton Rouge and firefighters from the St. George Fire Department controlled the fire by about 6:10 a.m. and kept the fire from spreading through the whole building, the release says.
Three of the eight units sustained fire damage, four had water damage and all eight were damaged by smoke.
The fire caused $160,000 in damage to the building and contents, the release says. The building’s value before the fire is estimated at $300,000.
The firefighter who suffered a leg injury was taken to a hospital, the release says.