BRFD: fire that destroyed shooting victim’s home was caused by arson

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - UPDATE: Officials with the Baton Rouge Fire Department say arson is the cause of the house fire.

ORIGINAL: The home of a man who was shot to death Friday night was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning, according to reports.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported it was called to Thomas H. Delpit Drive near East Johnson Street just before 2 a.m.

The Baton Rouge Police Department gave the same address as the home of David Walker, 68, who was found dead on Seneca Street around 9:45 p.m. Friday.

Curt Monte with BRFD said the flames were through the roof when firefighters made it to the home. He added it was determined the fire started in a bedroom.

According to Monte, the house is a total loss.

The cause of the fire and the deadly shooting are both under investigation, but it is unknown if there is a connection.

BRPD said while firefighters were working on putting out the house fire, a man was also arrested for interfering with a firefighter and resisting an officer.

Eric Earl Gray, 48, arrived to the scene of the house fire around 2:20 a.m., according to investigators. Police said Gray made several attempts to go into the house even after firefighters advised him to stay away from the scene.

BRPD officers also reportedly told Gray to leave the scene, but he did not cooperate. Soon after, officers deployed a taser at Gray. They were eventually able to arrest him and place Gray into custody.

Gray is charged with interfering with an officer and two counts of resisting an officer.

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