Teen faces arson charge in connection with Brady St. house fire

Teen faces arson charge in connection with Brady St. house fire
Howard Calhoun, DOB: 4/29/2001

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A teenager is accused of intentionally setting a fire Monday morning inside the Baton Rouge home where he lives.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported Howard Calhoun Jr., 17, is charged with aggravated arson.

Firefighters were called to Brady Street near North 38th Street around 6:35 a.m. This is near Istrouma High School.

Mark Miles with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the four people inside the home at the time made it out safely. He added seven people live in the house.

“The great news here is that everybody got out of the house safely,” said Miles. “The house did have working smoke detectors, so that was a good factor because it woke up one of the residents and allowed them to get out safe.”

According to Miles, the teen started the fire in a back bedroom of the house. Investigators said he lit some paper on fire on the bed.

Investigators with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said arson was to blame for a house fire on Brady Street near North 38th Street on Dec. 10, 2018.
Investigators with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said arson was to blame for a house fire on Brady Street near North 38th Street on Dec. 10, 2018. (Source: WAFB)

Crews were able to put the fire out in about 15 minutes after arriving on the scene.

The fire caused significant damage to the home.

BRFD said the family members lost most of their belongings in the fire. The Red Cross has been requested to assist them, according to officials.

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