Officials: Blow torch sparks fieldhouse fire
A Thursday afternoon fire at LSU’s Huey P. Long Fieldhouse caused the evacuation of a handful of students, faculty and staff from the building but did not injure anyone, Fire Department investigators said.
An investigation pointed to a blow torch used during construction work as the source of the early afternoon blaze that began in parts of the wall and ceiling near the back of the historic building’s first floor, said Robert Combs, a Fire Department spokesman.
The use of a blow torch sparked the first flames as a roofing crew was covering an old skylight at the structure on Field House Drive.
The fire was contained to a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling room, Combs said, but the structure’s HVAC system spread smoke throughout the building.
It was not clear how many people were inside the fieldhouse when the fire began shortly after 2 p.m., but all the occupants of the building were evacuated safely and the fire was under control by 3:15 p.m., Combs said.
BR woman accused of trying to shoot husband
Baton Rouge police arrested a 22-year-old woman Thursday accused of firing shots at her husband as he walked down a street on Sept. 15 near the 2800 block of 68th Avenue.
Police booked Shaquayla Hickman, 22, 3203 Singletary Drive, Baker, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, Parish Prison records show.
According to a warrant for Hickman’s arrest, she drove up to her husband on Sept. 25 around noon as he was walking down a street.
The couple argued and the victim ran away when he heard Hickman rev the engine of her vehicle, the warrant said.
Hickman is accused of trying to run over him several times during a chase, then firing shots in his direction once she stopped the car in the 2800 block of 68th Avenue, the warrant said.
Hickman’s husband recently moved in with his parents because of the violent nature of the couple’s relationship, the warrant said.
Three arrested on suspicion of DWI in EBR
Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Juliet Lockwood, 49, 2913 Lydia Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and texting while driving.
- Jevaughn Oubre, 27, 13944 Chalmette Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and driver’s license expired.
- Ognjen Sucur, 27, 11550 Southfork Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.