BAKER, LA (FOX44) — A family says they are hunting down a jilted ex-boyfriend as a result of a house fire.
The home, on the 4400 block of Burgess, caught fire around 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters arrived shortly thereafter, and extinguished the blaze in 20 minutes.
The woman who owns the home was not there at the time. Her brother was in the house, but got out safely.
The family says another man was also in the house, and is to blame for the fire.
They say the woman's ex-boyfriend knocked on the door, asking to pick up his things. The brother let him in, went back to watching TV, and saw the man leave a few minutes later. He said he did not know the house was burning until he heard neighbors screaming.
"I want justice, because he could've took my kids' life," said Sheila Andrews, whose daughter owns the house. "My son was in the house. So yeah, I want justice! I'm playing detective myself."
The American Red Cross provided a hotel room for the woman while her home is being fixed.
"She's really depressed about it," Andrews said, "because she built what she have on her own, with no help. She's a hard worker. And for someone to do something like that, that's not good."
The Baker Fire Department says the fire started on or near the bed, and caused $85,000 damage. It says its investigation is still ongoing.