Investigators search for clues after 5 arsons

Investigators search for clues after 5 arsons

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It has been a busy weekend and start to the new week for Baton Rouge firefighters.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported it has been working a handful of house fires in the north Baton Rouge area.

The fires all happened between Friday night and Monday morning. Three of them happened within an hour. There was a total of five house fires in the area.

The first happened Friday around 10:30 p.m. on Sherwood Street. According to investigators, the home was vacant since the August 2016 flood.

Less than half an hour later, a fire crew was called out to Warfield Street for an apartment fire. The crew contained the fire, but one firefighter was injured. Officials said the firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released with no major injuries.

Almost another 30 minutes later, fire crews moved to another house on Virginia Street. Investigators said the house was destroyed by the fire.

There was then a fire Saturday night were on Seneca Street. The house was also destroyed in this fire.

The most recent fire happened on Alliquipa Street near Winnebago Street around 1:15 a.m. Monday. Investigators reported the house was a total loss.

The common denominators in all of these cases is that each home or structure was vacant, all of them are ruled arson and they all happened late into the night.

"If you have some vacant or abandoned home in your vicinity, just make sure and be sure to look out to see any suspicious behavior, any people hanging around that's normally not hanging around and if you see that, call and just report it and let's just come out and look at it and prevent something bad from happening near you," said Mark Miles with BRFD.

He added investigators have no leads in any of the cases.

Fire officials have not confirmed if all or any of them are connected.

Anyone with information on any of the fires is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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