Vacant house set on fire twice in a week, ruled arson

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“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 a nearby house, interrupted a south 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.” said a South Baton Rouge resident.

Fire investigators say a home located at 425 West Johnson street was intentionally set on fire. Monday morning, fire crews put out the first blaze and Thursday, another. Investigators ruled the home a complete loss. The arson has neighbors 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, the 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 because something like this needs to be taken care of at a speedy time.”

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