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Firefighters: Oil lamp to blame for west Shreveport apartment fire

Fire crews working to put out a blaze at a west Shreveport apartment Tuesday morning. (Source: Nick Lawton/ KSLA News 12) Fire crews working to put out a blaze at a west Shreveport apartment Tuesday morning. (Source: Nick Lawton/ KSLA News 12)
(Source: Nick Lawton/ KSLA News 12) (Source: Nick Lawton/ KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport firefighters are investigating a blaze at an apartment complex Tuesday morning.

The fire started around 9:30 a.m. at the Ashton Pines Apartments in the 6000 block of West 70th Street. When crews got there they noticed smoke coming from building 9.

"Engine 13 went in and was able to bring the fire under control about 9:53 a.m.," said Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief Fred Sanders.

According to Shreveport Asst. Fire Chief Fred Sanders, a woman living in an apartment in building 9 spilled an oil lamp. She told firefighters she thought she cleaned the liquid and re-lit the lamp and there was still oil around it that caught fire.

"It spilled and they thought it was cleaned up and they ignited the lamp and that's what caused the fire. Our investigators are working to confirm that or determine if that's what actually caused the fire," Sanders said.

No injuries were reported.

The woman's apartment had significant damage to the kitchen, living room and dining room. Several other apartments had water and smoke damage so investigators report three residents are currently displaced.

Investigators are working confirm the woman's story.

It took crews about 25 minutes to put out the blaze.

As temperatures dip, Sanders urged residents in the area to stay away from decorative heating and lighting sources.

"If the candle topples over and it ignites ordinary combustibles then you have a working fire, then," he said. "Those individuals lose their belongings and are even possibly injured or killed."

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