Investigators: Purposely set fire spreads to home with woman & 2 grandchildren inside

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Firefighters said someone intentionally started a fire that spread to a home with an elderly woman and two children asleep inside.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported the arson happened on Indiana Street, which is off McKinley Street near South River Road, around 3:30 a.m.

Mark Miles with BRFD said firemen arrived on the scene to find a shed next to the home fully involved and the flames had spread to the home. He also said it took nearly an hour to get the fire under control.

According to reports, the elderly woman who owns the home told investigators she woke up when she thought she heard something outside, but did not get out of bed.

Officials said she went on to tell them she later heard a popping sound and that’s when she woke up her grandchildren. They ran outside to find the house on fire. No injuries were reported.

Miles added the Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance, but the woman indicated she had a place to stay.

Miles later reported firefighters were called back out to the home around 7:30 a.m. because neighbors called the fire department after seeing smoke billowing from the home. He said investigators are looking into the reports of smoke.

Anyone with information on the fire is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867. 

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