Feds probe fires at political operative's home
NEW ORLEANS - Federal investigators are looking into suspicious fires that destroyed the vehicles and New Orleans home of a political operative early Thursday.
ATF agents joined city and state fire examiners probing charred remains at Mario Zervigon's home in the city's Uptown neighborhood. Zervigon and eight people, including his wife and two children, escaped at 2:27 a.m. No injuries were reported but the family's two cats died.
Zervigon is the campaign finance director for Forest Wright, a candidate for the Public Service Commission who is in a Dec. 6 runoff against incumbent Eric Skrmetta.
Kevin Moran, a special agent of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said an arson investigator confirmed the fires were deliberately set.
Witnesses reported hearing glass breaking moments before two vehicles belonging to Zervigon were seen ablaze. Flames from one parked behind the home, quickly engulfed much of the house and damaged an adjacent property.