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Fire investigators searching for multiple arsonists

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Posted: Jun 16, 2014 4:40 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jun 16, 2014 5:51 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: arson, fire, investigation, BRFD, fire marshall

BATON ROUGE - Another arson over the weekend has investigators trying to track down multiple arsonists in East Baton Rouge Parish.

There have been six arson fires in the past few weeks according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, and investigators said they're looking for different suspects in each case.

BRFD's Errol Taylor told News 2 it's typically hard to prove who started a fire, but they do their best to close cases.

"Some people start fires because of boredom. Some people start fires because they're in a difficult situation. You know sometimes good people do bad things. Some people just have a fetish with fire," he said.

State Fire Marshall Butch Browning says 36 percent of fires in the state are intentionally set. Browning says investigators are seeing more fires dealing with burglaries and domestic disputes.

"A lot of people say it's a coward way of committing a crime cause you don't have to look your victims in the eye," said Browning.

BRFD investigators say they have a high clearance rate for arson cases compared to the national average.

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