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Firemen respond to 2 separate arsons

Firefighters responded to this home on Hiawatha Avenue for a fire they later learned was intentionally set. Firefighters responded to this home on Hiawatha Avenue for a fire they later learned was intentionally set.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Crews were called to two vacant houses they believe were intentionally set on fire early Tuesday morning.

Investigators said they have not determined if the fires are related.

The first fire sparked in the 2100 block of Hiawatha Street in Baton Rouge shortly before 4:30 a.m.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department said firefighters found the kitchen area of the home on fire when they pulled up to the scene.

Officials said they were able to keep the flames from spreading beyond the kitchen, but the rest of the home had smoke and water damage.

They ruled arson was the cause. The home did not have any working utilities.

The second fire happened in the 4000 block of Adams Avenue around 4:40 a.m.

Firefighters said by the time they made it to the scene about half of the home was engulfed in flames.

They added the fire spread to a home next to it, causing thousands of dollars to that structure.

The family in the house next door made it out safely.

The cause of this fire was also ruled arson and the home had no power.

Both fires remain under investigation.

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