Vacant home set on fire a third time has neighbors furious and fearful


“When I was sleep then I woke up and I looked through my window and the house on fire.”

For the third time, this home in the four-hundred block of west Johnson street went up in flames.

“It happened three times, it could happen another time.”

People say, they are now worried after all three fires were ruled as arsons.

“I’m really concerned you know about this neighborhood. I wonder who’s doing this.”

In May, the home was set on fire twice in one week. At the time, neighbors thought the criminal was done. Thursday morning, an arsonist struck again.

“It was totally involved when firefighters pulled up.”

Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said, they don’t see cases like this often.

“It rare in occurrence it does happen. The thing about arson, it happens for many reasons. It can happen for domestic issues, it can happen to cover up other crimes” said Monte.

He said, investigators are now looking into this matter, hoping to find the reason someone is stetting it off, again and again.

“They are trained to look through and sift through that residue to particular see and find what may have cause it.”

A woman who asked to remain anonymous said, the crime that is happening near her home is out of hand.

“How long have you been living in this neighborhood? About 50 something years. Have you ever seen anything like this? No, not like this, not setting the fires and stuff like that.”

She said, the flames are too close for comfort and she’s pleading for someone to be held accountable.

“This my home and I want to live in peace.”

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