Man faces arson charge after apartment fire that damaged 10 units

Man faces arson charge after apartment fire that damaged 10 units
Three people suffered minor injuries and 10 units were damaged in the fire. (Source: WAFB)
Three people suffered minor injuries and 10 units were damaged in the fire. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities have arrested a man they believe intentionally set a fire at an apartment complex that resulted in three people injured and several units damaged Sunday evening.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Jeffrey Jones, 33, of Baton Rouge, was booked on a charge of simple arson. He is accused of setting a mattress on fire with a cigarette.

The St. George Fire Department reported the fire broke out at the Jeffersonian Apartments on Jefferson Highway, which are not far from Towne Center, around 7:30 p.m. Officials said 10 units were damaged in the fire. They added two residents and a firefighter were treated for minor injuries.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting through the upstairs units of the back building. Just before 8 p.m., they called for backup. Six engines, one ladder truck and a heavy rescue responded to the fire.

Two residents were evaluated for smoke inhalation and a firefighter suffered heat-related symptoms, but no one was taken to the hospital.

Neighbors said they were shocked when firefighters knocked on their doors.

"It was very scary because there's a couple and a child that lives there and they weren't sure they were in there or not," Mytosha Molden said. "So, it's very scary to see that."

The Red Cross was called to assist the residents affected by the fire.

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