Arson

Arson


REMAIN ON THE STREET AFTER AUTHORITIES SAY A BATON ROUGE HOUSE WAS SET ON FIRE–NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE THIS WEEK.THE FIRES HAPPENED ON WEST JOHNSON STREET NEAR HIGHLAND ROAD.FOX 44’S JONAH GILMORE HAS TONIGHT’S STORY. 3 THIS HOUSE BEHIND ME WAS SET ON FIRE TWICE IN ONE WEEK. THAT’S WHAT INVESTIGATORS ARE SAYING.THEY’RE ALSO SAYING THAT MAKES IT SUSPICIOUS.BOTH FIRES HAPPENED IN THE SAME TIME ABOUT FOUR IN THE MORNING. TO TOP IT OFF…THIS HOME WAS PUT UP FOR SALE EXACTLY ONE WEEK BEFORE THE FIRE DESTROYED IT.”I witnessed it Tuesday morning like right around 5 am.”IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING, A RING AT THE DOOR AND SMOKE FROM THE HOUSE JUST FEET AWAY, INTERRUPTED A BATON ROUGE’S FAMILY SLEEP FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS WEEK.”There was a lady passing by that said she was on her way to work and she saw this house in flames and so she rang the doorbell and woke us up and then we called the fire department.”FIRE INVESTIGATORS SAY THIS HOME IN THE 4-HUNDRED BLOCK OF WEST JOHNSON STREET WAS INTENTIONALLY SET ON FIRE. MONDAY MORNING, FIRE CREWS PUT OUT THE FIRST BLAZE AND TODAY, ANOTHER, RULING IT A COMPLETE LOSS. NOW NEIGHBORS ARE WONDERING, WHO WOULD COMMIT SUCH A CRIME.”It’s a lot of elderly people that lives on this street and for it to be around so many homes who’s to say the backlash of the fires and the flames could’ve start fire to another home.”LAST WEEK, THIS VACANT HOME WAS PUT ON THE MARKET FOR SALE., RAISING THE QUESTION: WAS IT TARGETED FOR SOME REASON? WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE, INVESTIGATORS WANT ANSWERS, AND NEIGHBORS WANT THE DANGEROUS ACTIVITY TO STOP. I’m not sure if they are targeting certain people’s homes or maybe that was just a target but it makes me and my family feel unsafe. I just hope that they increase the law enforcement visibility 3 because something like this needs to be taken care of at a speedy time.”THIS IS ALL THAT’S LEFT OF THE STRUCTURE. YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING THE REMAINS.THE BATON ROUGE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING AND ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO COME FORWARD. REPORTING LIVE IN SOUTH BATON ROUGE, JONAH GILMORE FOX 44 NEWS. 3 3 CONTINUING COVERAGE TONIGHT, FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE SPEAR-HEADING EFFORTS ALONG LOUISIANA’S COAST TO SAVE

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