65-year-old Baton Rouge man dies after arson fire

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A 65-year-old Baton Rouge man has died two days after suffering injuries in an arson fire, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Lionel Meyers, who lived on the 2000 block of Cable Street, died at a local hospital on Sunday.

On Friday, firefighters arrived to the charred house to find the front porch and front rooms on fire. Upon entering the house, they found Meyers unresponsive on the ground. He suffered burns and smoke inhalation but was breathing when he was transported to a hospital, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

Firefighters contained the blaze to the front of the house, and fire investigators later determined the cause of the fire was arson.

Anyone with information regarding the arson and homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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