Baton Rouge firefighters respond to two arsons early Sunday morning

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Baton Rouge Fire Department received reports of two house fires shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday. BRFD ruled them both arsons.

Firefighters first arrived to a burning house on Thomas H. Delpit Drive at 3:16 a.m. Although two people lived at the residence, no one was home when the fire broke out.

The front of the house was on fire, and firefighters were able to contain the blaze before it could spread further. The rest of the house received smoke damage, and the house received around $20,000 in damages, according to BRFD spokesperson Curt Monte.

One minute after firefighters arrived to that house, another set of Baton Rouge firefighters arrived to a house on Cyrus Avenue that someone had also set on fire. That house was vacant.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes, but by the time they arrived, the vacant house was engulfed in flames. BRPD considered it a total loss, according to Monte.

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