Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cause and origin of massive inferno at the Cobblestone Apartments in Baton Rouge, LA may never be determined

OCTOBER 25, 2016

Baton Rouge, LA

A fire at Cobblestone apartments on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge injured at least four people and destroyed dozens of units Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials say the total destruction caused by a massive fire at an Essen Lane apartment complex earlier this month means they have been unable to determine what started the fire.

But there's no evidence of human involvement, either accidental or intentional, according to a news release Tuesday from the St. George Fire Department.

The fire at the Cobblestone Apartments on the afternoon of Oct. 6 destroyed two buildings and several vehicles and damaged the exteriors of several other nearby buildings.

Two residents were taken to the hospital for burns. A St. George firefighter was treated at the scene for heat stroke, and another fireman and an East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy were both treated by paramedics for symptoms of smoke inhalation, Eldon Ledoux, a St. George Fire spokesman said.

Ledoux said a thorough investigation was conducted by members of the St. George Fire Department, the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.