Fire that destroyed Taft St. home declared arson
BATON ROUGE - Firefighters say arson is the cause of a house fire that burned a Baton Rouge residence to the ground early Friday morning.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a home located at 2358 Taft St. just before midnight Thursday to find the house fully engulfed in flames. The house was vacant, and neighbors had issued complaints about vagrants living in the house.
BRFD says crews used a defensive attack to extinguish the fire from the outside of the building in order to keep firefighters safe. The blaze was under control by 12:18 a.m. Friday morning, but not before the residence was completely destroyed.
Firefighters have determined the cause of the fire to be arson, and an investigation will follow.