Two early morning arson fires happen within an hour of each other

A fire on Hiawatha Street has been determined as arson by BR Fire Department.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 9:45am

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The Baton Rouge Fire Department reports two cases of arson that happened within an hour of each other. Both occurred at vacant buildings.

The first fire broke out at on Hiawatha at 4:22 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the kitchen area engulfed in flames. Fortunantly, the flames remained contained to that area.

The home had no working utilities.

The second fire started less than an hour later on Adams Street. It was called in at 4:42 a.m.
Roughly half of the home was in flames when firefighters arrived. The fire was so large it actually spread to a neighboring home, causing 10,000 in damage.

No one was in the home and there were no working utilities where the fire started.

The family living in the neighboring home escaped with no injuries.

Both cases have been ruled as arson. Investigators ask for anyone with information to contact Fire Investigators at (225) 354-1419.

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