A Baker apartment complex caught fire Sunday morning, forcing 24 people from their homes, the Baker Fire Department said.

The fire started just before 5 a.m. at the Sycamore Suites Apartments, Complex B, 4386 Jefferson St., Baker Fire Department spokesman Howard Ward said in a news release.

Nobody was injured, but a mother and her two sons escaped flames in their unit, which was “fully involved” by the fire, Ward said.

The fire, which caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to the complex, was probably sparked by an electrical problem, Ward said.

Complex B has eight units, and the 24 residents living in the apartments were forced out for safety reasons, Ward said.

The Red Cross is providing temporary housing, food, clothing, shoes, comfort kits and stuffed animals for children, Red Cross spokeswoman Nancy Malone said in a news release.

Police arrest suspect in stabbing attempt

Police arrested a man Saturday accused of entering a woman’s home Friday and attempting to kill her by trying to stab her in the neck and choke her, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Antoine Parker, 28, entered the house and told the woman he would kill her after he knocked on the door and she let him in, the affidavit says.

Parker pulled out a knife and tried to stab the woman in her stomach and back, but the knife would not cut her, the affidavit says.

Parker then began choking the woman, telling her she “might want to call the coroner, they were going to have a body to pick up,” the affidavit says.

Parker ran away when officers arrived at the home, the affidavit says.

The officers eventually caught Parker with the help of K-9 units, the affidavit says.

Parker, 855 S. Flannery Road, Apt. 521, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated burglary.

Deck area damaged in early morning fire

Fire damaged an area around a fireplace in a covered deck of a home early Sunday but caused no injuries, the St. George Fire Protection District said.

The fire also burned some of the deck’s flooring and a small area of the attic, St. George spokesman Eldon Ledoux said in a news release.

The fire started about 1:30 a.m. in the 10400 block of Spring Tree Avenue, Ledoux said.

When firefighters arrived, they found the fire burning in a rear corner of the deck area, Ledoux said. Flames had penetrated the fireplace enclosure that was built into the corner of the covered deck.

Firefighters doused the fire, then investigated to make sure it had not penetrated the living areas or spread into the attic, Ledoux said.

The cause of the fire is listed as accidental, Ledoux said in the release.

Authorities arrest 7 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least seven 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:

• Ericka Alford, 27, 29949 Lower Rome Lane, Springfield, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light, and hit and run.

• Paola De Diego, 18, 17729 Lake Azalea Drive, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Terril Fontenot, 56, 850 N. Fifth St., first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.

• Douglas Hochenedel, 35, 1480 Lila St., third-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, improper turn, possession of alcoholic beverages in a vehicle and driver’s license suspended or revoked.

• Lamar Perry, 24, 3206 Eaton St., third-offense DWI, operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior offense and possession of alcoholic beverages in a vehicle.

• Alexander Seay, 28, 222 Fairfield Drive, first-offense DWI and headlights required.

• Jared Sommers, 27, 944 Pecan Tree Drive, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to obey a stop sign or yield sign.

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