Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The St. George Fire Prevention Bureau is asking for the public’s help in finding a mother and her two young children accused of arson at a retail store on Siegen Lane on Aug. 13.

According to officials, the St. George Fire Department (SGFD) responded to a fire at Carter’s retail store at 6865 Siegen Lane around 5:00 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they saw a rack of clothes on fire outside of the store. A customer assisted in removing the burning clothes rack before the fire was able to spread inside the store, according to SGFD.

Employees told investigators that a female with two young children was responsible for starting the fire. The fire department said the woman is accused of placing a few items into her purse after her children allegedly started the fire. Investigators said all suspects left the store without paying.

The two children appeared to have been under the age of 10, according to investigators.

SGFD said after review, investigators were able to confirm an unknown Black female and two minor children entered the store and are responsible for the fire. The woman was seen leaving in a white colored sedan.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 225-251-4892 or email cdhughes@stgeorgefire.com