Investigators suspect arson in two overnight house fires

Investigators suspect arson in two overnight house fires

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Firefighters were busy early Saturday morning, battling two house fires they believe were set intentionally. The first fire took place at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of North Street just after 3:00 am.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find flames coming from a rear apartment window on the second floor. The fire was contained to one room and was extinguished quickly. There was very little smoke or water damage.

Firefighters were then called out to a second fire on Casper Street just before 4:00 am. Half of the home had already been destroyed when firefighters arrived. They were able to bring the fire under control but the home was totally destroyed.

"I got a call at four o'clock in the morning saying the house was on fire," said Shawnee Knight. She and her children were staying elsewhere when the fired occurred.

"I'm in disbelief. I have been here almost 8 years. I got up and came over. The house was in full flames," Knight added.

The family living in the home was in the process of moving out. Red Cross was called out to assist them.

These fires are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

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