The fire broke out on May 6, and original documents, certificates and other valuable possessions of the some of the students living in the apartment were destroyed in the incident.

The fire destroyed eight apartments completely, and 21 people were left displaced. It took more than an hour for firefighters to bring the fire under control and no one was injured in this incident, the Times of India reported.

The 11 Telugu students lived in two apartments that caught fire. Few of the students were inside the apartment when the fire started. Four of them grabbed their passport before evacuating. The cause of the fire is yet unknown.

The students were studying Masters at the Southern University A&M College, Baton Rouge and residing in at Highland Plantation apartments. At present, the students are given temporary accommodation facility, and they are being taken care of by the Telugu community. For providing support, online donations have been sought by the students, reported the national daily. 

Below is a video of the fire uploaded by American Telugu Association ATA