BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to two separate fires on New Year’s Eve.
The first fire occurred on North 47th Street and was reported shortly after 9:00 p.m.
According to the BRFD, an occupant of the home stated that she was sleeping in the back of the home when she awoke to find the house on fire.
The occupant escaped unharmed. However, the building was severely damaged and considered to be a total loss.
Investigators have not identified a cause of this first fire. They believe it may have begun in an area in the front of the home where some electrical equipment was stored.
The second fire was called in just minutes later around 9:30 p.m. The location of this incident was on North 30th Street.
According to reports, the occupant at this residence was also unharmed.
Investigators say this fire may have been caused by a window air conditioning and heating unit located in the front part of the house.
The damages from this incident prompted firefighters to consider the structure a total loss.