Firefighters investigate fires at 3 vacant houses as arson

Firefighters investigate fires at 3 vacant houses as arson

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Fire investigators said one person was taken in for questioning after three vacant houses caught fire Thursday.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported investigators ruled all three as arson.

BRFD said crews were first called to a fire at a house on North 36th Street at Zion Street. Firefighters said they found a small trash fire in the vacant house and quickly put it out.

While they were still on the scene, firemen noticed another fire. The second fire was in the 1300 block of North Acadian Thruway East. It was seen just before 6 p.m. Curt Monte said the house was fully engulfed in flames, but firefighters were able to get it under control in less than 15 minutes and kept it from spreading to nearby homes. The house is considered a total loss.

Investigators reported neighbors told firefighters on the scene of the fire on North Acadian Thruway East about another one farther down the road. The third fire was in the 1400 block of North Acadian Thruway East. Officials said additional crews were sent to the scene and they found flames in the front room. Officials added those were quickly put out before they could spread throughout the home.

As of Thursday night, charges had not been filed against the person taken into custody to be questioned.

The investigations into all three incidents are ongoing.

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