Investigators search for suspected arsonist after apartment fire

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said they have determined a fire that started at an apartment complex Tuesday morning was arson.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported it happened at the Howell Place Apartments on 72nd Avenue around 7:15 a.m.

Firefighters said they saw heavy smoke billowing from an apartment when they arrived on the scene. They added they found a couch on fire when they entered the apartment.

Officials said the flames were quickly put out, but not before heavy smoke and heat caused damage to the unit.

The investigation into the fire continues.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call BRFD investigators at 354-1419.

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