Cigarettes, liquor and most of the merchandise in a Thomas Road convenience store were destroyed Monday in a fire that Baton Rouge fire officials are investigating.

Firefighters arrived at 11:24 a.m. at the Stop-and-Go at 2650 Thomas Road where a fire was blazing behind the front counter of the store, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.

The fire was extinguished at 11:33 a.m., but not before the wall behind the counter and merchandise on it, including cigarettes and liquor, went up in smoke. Most of the items in the store were also destroyed.

“A lot of the merchandise melted just from the heat,” Monte said.

Monte said firefighters cut the electricity to the store, so a lot of the items inside the coolers may be ruined, bringing the loss to about $130,000, including $100,000 in merchandise.

Monte said firefighters found the point of origin for the fire, but still don’t know what caused it.

Teen booked in shooting injury

A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting a 28-year-old man in the hand during a fight on North Sherwood Forest Drive was arrested late Sunday.

Baton Rouge police officers from the Third District responded to 2150 N. Sherwood Forest Drive, Apt. B, shortly after 11:15 p.m. to investigate the shooting, police said.

Soon after, they found the 15-year-old boy, who also had a gunshot wound to the hand.

Both were treated for non life-threatening injuries at a hospital and the boy was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile, police said.

Authorities book 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. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Kaitlyn Ayers, 24, 13837 Reed Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle and improper lane usage.
  • Karen Bonner, 45, 13403 S. Fairview Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Emmanuel Grijalva, 29, 9504 Kingcrest Parkway, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, driver’s license required, disobeying a red light, possession of alcohol in a vehicle, improper lane usage and driving left of center.
  • Anissa Newcomb, 31, 31855 La. 16, No. 401, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, possession of Schedule III drugs, hit-and-run and reckless operation.
  • Randal Riley, 47, 2032 Royal St., New Orleans, second-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended/revoked, speeding and reckless operation.

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