Officials rule fire at law firm as arson

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators have determined the fire at the Rothkamm Law Firm on East Boulevard at Government Street was intentionally set.

According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the blaze started near the back door Monday evening. A suspect was not named.

When firefighters made it to the three-story building, the back wall and attic were on fire. It took them nearly two hours to get the flames under control. They were able to contain the blaze to the back of the building and parts of the attic.

Much of the structure received heavy smoke and water damage. According to Curt Monte with the fire department, no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. Damage is estimated at $250,000.

Parts of Government Street and East Boulevard were closed to traffic while firefighters battled the blaze.

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