Two homes, one business catch fire in Baton Rouge overnight; one suspected to be arson

The home that was set afire on East Harrison. Photo by staff.
Monday, July 15, 2013 - 12:00pm

Two homes and an office building were damages by fires during the early morning hours of July 15.

Baton Rouge firefighters were called out to an office building in the 4900 block of Underwood at 2:20 a.m. The office, which was a home that had been converted to an office building, began in the southeast corner of the building. There was an estimated $35,000 in damage.

The second call BRFD received was at 3:42 a.m. to a home in the 1400 block of East Harrison. An arsonist set fire to couch on the front porch of the home, which soon spread to attic. The entire home has smoke and water damage. The home owner was staying next door with his mother; no one was injured in the fire. Investigators are looking for suspects.

A dwelling in the 5600 block of Beech caught fire around 4:06 a.m. The fire was believed to have started near the home’s hot water heater and quickly spread to the attic, burning the roof as well. The rest of the home had smoke and water damage. No one was home at the time of the fire.

If you know anything about the arson investigation, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.


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