Two early morning fires; one ruled as arson, other under investigation

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 12:15pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to two separate fires in the Baton Rouge area during the morning on Monday, Jan. 30.

The first incident happened around 2:30 a.m. at a home on Osprey Street and the cause of the fire has been determined as arson.

The fire was called in by Baton Rouge City Police, who were patrolling in the area. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the rear of the home in a blaze. The fire destroyed a bedroom and portion of the hallway before it was extinguished. The rest of the home, however, also suffered damage due to smoke and heat.

Investigators say no one was home when the fire was set, but that have determined that the fire was intentionally set.

The second fire happened a few hours later at around 6:00 a.m. at a home on Laca Street.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of this fire, which started in a shed located in the back yard of the home.

Firefighters say the fire spread quickly from the shed to the home. When they arrived, the fire had already reached the attic of the home, which is the most dangerous location for fire to reach.

Damage to the attic was contained to the areas located above two bedrooms. However, the rest of the home sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

We’re told that the Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the residents of the home. No one was injured during the fire.

Both cases will remain under investigation. They ask for anyone with information related to either case to contact Fire Investigators at (225) 354-1419 if you know anything about the incident.

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