ARRESTED: Man accused of lighting home on fire with two people inside

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man has been arrested after allegedly setting fire to a home while two people were inside.

Investigators with the Baton Rouge Fire Department began looking into a fire on Fairfields Avenue that happened back on February 8, and discovered someone had poured an accelerant and the home and lit the area on fire.

There were two people inside the home at the time.

Investigators got information from witnesses who were able to identify Jonathan Washington, 40, as the suspect. One of the witnesses reported that while inside his house, he heard a man screaming outside and saw Washington standing in the front yard. He says Washington was screaming "Sheka," who is a woman that had been staying at his house, reportedly hiding from Washington.

The witness then told Washington to leave and that he was calling the police. A short time later, the witness says he heard a noise outside and saw fire around his home and saw Washington running away.

Crime Stoppers then published information about Washington being wanted, and he turned himself in to authorities Thursday morning.

Washington is charged with aggravated arson.

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