2-alarm fire destroys Timeout Lounge in Baton Rouge, spreads to nearby buildings

  • Source: WAFB-TV CBS 9 Baton Rouge
  • Published: 12/06/2013 06:17 AM

Firefighters are on the scene of a two-alarm fire that destroyed a popular Baton Rouge bar and spread to other buildings early Friday morning. The Baton Rouge Fire Department said the Timeout Lounge on Old Hammond Highway caught fire around 5 a.m. Officials said a passerby saw the fire and called to report it. Curt Monte with BRFD said crews arrived at the scene and saw the rear of the bar on fire. He added the firefighters quickly realized how bad the fire was and immediately called for the second alarm. The fire then spread to other nearby buildings in the strip mall where it is located. Three ladder trucks sprayed the fire to get it under control. Firefighters are still putting out remaining hotspots. Monte said a firefighter was taken to the hospital with burns to the back of his neck. A woman living in the nearby apartment complex was treated for smoke inhalation. The injuries are not considered life-threatening. The bar is located near a gas station and Entergy substation. Monte said there were initial concerns about the fire reaching the substation, but crews were able to get the flames under control before they could cause problems at the gas station or substation. Monte added the wind worked in their favor with keeping the fire away from the substation.


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