Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Jan. 30, 2014

Home destroyed in fire that began in shed

Baton Rouge firefighters are investigating the cause of a Wednesday morning house fire that began in a shed in a neighborhood off Jefferson Highway.

The fire happened about 10:30 a.m. in the 12500 block of Parknoll Avenue and firefighters had it under control about an hour later, said Robert Combs, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

About the same time that a neighbor heard popping noises coming from the shed, one of the home’s four occupants walked outside to grab firewood and noticed the blaze, Combs said.

Firefighters arrived to find about half of the home engulfed in flames. The home is considered a total loss.

The American Red Cross provided assistance to the home’s four residents, Combs said.

10 occupants escape house fire unharmed

An electrical malfunction is being blamed for a house fire at 2645 Lobelia Ave. in the early morning hours Wednesday that caused about $55,000 in damage.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to the fire at 3:18 a.m. and found the back of the house engulfed in flames when they arrived. Ten people living at the home escaped unharmed before firefighters arrived, fire officials said.

Although fire damage was contained to the back part of the house, the rest of the home received smoke and water damage, according to the Fire Department.

Authorities arrest man on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.

Zachary Taylor, 28, 11855 Cooper Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked on first-offense DWI and careless operation.

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