Firefighters investigating 'very suspicious' fire in Denham Springs

Firefighters investigating 'very suspicious' fire in Denham Springs

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating a fire in Denham Springs that they believe to be "very suspicious."

Officials say that the local fire department responded to a fire in the 31000 block of Burgess Avenue early Tuesday morning. This was the second fire at that home in four days.

The first fire was reported on Friday. At that time, investigators did not believe there was a cause for investigation. The home was undergoing renovations after the owners purchased the house from a foreclosure. Investigators initially believed that the fire may have been caused by reignited ember from a burn pile found behind the home.

Tuesday's fire started around 4 a.m. Investigators now believe there may be foul play involved because after the fire on Friday, the power was shut off to the home and no one was living inside of the home.

Investigators are now working to determine if there were any lightning strikes around the home at the time of the fire before they classify the case as arson. Investigators are now searching for the point of origin of the fire to determine the cause.

Deputy Brant Thompson says that although it is possible this could all be a coincidence, in his experience, it's highly unlikely.

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