Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March 22, 2014

Two dogs die in Friday fire that destroys house

Two dogs died from injuries suffered in a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed one house and damaged two others.

Baton Rouge Fire Department firefighters responded to the 1500 block of North 36th Street just off Gus Young Avenue shortly before 1:30 p.m. to a home engulfed in flames, Curt Monte, a department spokesman, said in a news release.

The fire, which was sparked by an overloaded electrical outlet, spread to two neighboring houses, but firefighters were able to minimize the damage to those homes, Monte said.

No people were injured in the fire.

Firefighters pulled one dog from the fire, but the owners later had the dog euthanized because its injuries were so severe. East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center personnel transported the injured dog from the house for euthanasia, Monte said.

Another smaller dog also died in the fire, Monte said.

The American Red Cross is assisting five residents of the three homes displaced by the fire.

Arson suspected in four small fires Thursday

St. George fire investigators are looking for the people responsible for setting four small fires in the southeast part of the parish early Thursday morning.

All four fires happened between midnight and 3 a.m. in areas near Siegen Lane and Sherwood Forest Boulevard, said Eldon Ledoux, a St. George Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters responded to the Siegen Village Apartments, 6630 Siegen Lane, shortly after 1 a.m. to find a storage building ablaze, Ledoux said.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. Most of the building was empty, Ledoux said.

The other three fires happened in trash dumpsters of hotels and apartment complexes in the area. No one was injured in any of the four fires, Ledoux said.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the arson investigation. Investigators ask anyone with information about these fires to call the St. George Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau at (225) 454-6588.

Six arrested on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Julian Bias, 21, 8921 Lake Hollow Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, operating a vehicle with a driver’s license suspended for a prior offense, improper lane usage and reckless operation.

Antretha Gomez, 24, 9532 Glennsade Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, improper lane usage, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and disobeying a red light.

Robert Kaltenbaugh, 22, 4155 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal while turning, failure to change address on a driver’s license and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

Yony Murcia, 26, 1468 Jade Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, tail lights required and driver’s license required.

Joseph O’Connor, 37, 15995 Shenandoah Bend, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, an equipment violation and improper turns.

Tyler Tamboli, 20, 110 Century Oak Lane, Mandeville, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required or expired, hit-and-run and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

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