The Lafayette Fire Department says they responded to a balcony fire on Thursday morning at The Quarters student apartment complex in Lafayette. Officials say a sprinkler alarm was activated around 2:30 am at the complex prompting the investigation. When firefighters arrived, complex residents were outside and several witnesses indicated the fire was on the balcony of a second-floor apartment.
Firefighters gained access to the apartment and conducted a search for occupants. Officials say those occupants all exited the apartment without injury. Light smoke was observed on the balcony and officials say that a sprinkler on the balcony had extinguished the fire. The area received moderate damage. A quick investigation by firefighters determined the fire started due to improperly discarded smoke material. The fire has been ruled accidental.