A Baton Rouge house fire early Sunday sent flames shooting through the roof that were visible from blocks away.
The blaze started shortly before 3 a.m. in a vacant home on River Road south of Gardere Lane that was awaiting renovations, said St. George Fire Department spokesman Eldon Ledoux.
When firefighters arrived, the blaze had burned through the roof and flames were visible from Burbank Drive and Bluebonnet Boulevard, Ledoux said.
Firefighters brought the fire under control shortly after 4 a.m., but not before the house was severely damaged, said Ledoux, who estimated that 50 percent of the structure was damaged by the fire.
Several fire crews continued to hose down hot spots hours after the flames had been brought under control.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Ledoux said.
Foul play not suspected in Cedar Bend Ave. fire
A fire that started in the laundry room of a home on Cedar Bend Avenue caused extensive damage early Sunday, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.
Firefighters arrived at the house in the 11000 block of Cedar Bend Avenue about 12:50 a.m. Sunday to find smoke billowing out of the home, said Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.
Firefighters contained the fire in the laundry room, but the rest of the house received heavy smoke and water damage, Miles said. Firefighters brought the blaze under control by 1:35 a.m.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Miles said, but foul play is not suspected.
Coursey apartments damaged in blaze
A fire Sunday morning in an apartment complex on Coursey Boulevard damaged several units but left no one injured, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.
The blaze broke out in the bedroom of an upstairs apartment about 10:30 a.m. in a 16-unit building in the Sherwood Acres apartment complex at 12531 Coursey Blvd., said Mark Miles, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
Eleven fire trucks “began an aggressive attack on the fire to contain it,” Miles said, limiting fire and smoke damage to the apartment unit and bringing the fire under control within a half-hour.
Miles said three other apartments in the building received water damage.
While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, investigators do not suspect foul play, Miles said
The Red Cross responded to the fire to offer assistance to displaced residents.
Thirteen suspected of driving while intoxicated
Authorities arrested at least 13 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Saturday and noon Sunday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
Gina Buitrago, 20, 118 Azalea Drive, Covington, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, stop or yield sign violation and reckless operation of a vehicle.
Jason Coleman, 33, 5236 East Mae St., Zachary, first-offense DWI and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Jorge Conde, 46, 9354 Meredith Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, headlights required, improper lane usage and failure to signal a turn.
Joel Garcia, 28, 6676 Tatian Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
Jeffrey Guillot, 34, 9444 Riveroaks Drive, Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, refusing a chemical test and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Major Jones, 55, 11465 Cagle Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, no vehicle inspection, reckless operation of a vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Reed King, 54, 10567 Avenue E, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, seat belt violation, driver’s license suspended or revoked, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia prohibited, littering in public places and resisting an officer.
Kendrick Lacroix, 31, 9645 River Oaks Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and improper lane usage.
Theresa Langlois, 27, 6136 Jonathan Alaric Ave., Gonzales, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, improper lane usage and failure to yield at an intersection.
Scott Markey, 39, 8534 Aston Ave., Metairie, first-offense DWI, failure to signal/improper turn and improper lane usage.
Matthew Rickman, 32, 503 Wayne Elam Road, Ramer, Tennessee, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and improper lane usage.
Vega Scott, 44, 345 E. Holly St., Baton Rouge, fifth-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended/revoked, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and license plate light required.
Catherine Slaton, 21, 3000 July St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to signal/improper turn.
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