Fires erupt across BR overnight
BATON ROUGE - Fire officials are investigating a series of fires that broke out in the Baton Rouge area early Monday, one of which was a case of arson.
Crews first responded to an office building fire just before 2:30 a.m. in the 4900 block of Underwood Ave. The fire started in one of the rooms of the structure, causing heavy damage.
About an hour later, firefighters were called out to a vacant home in the 1400 block of E. Harrison St. Investigators believe someone ignited a couch on the front porch of the home.
The owner told officials he was next door at his mother's house at the time.
The fire spread from the porch into the attic. Other areas of the home also received smoke and water damage.
Crews later arrived to another house fire around 4 a.m. in the 5600 block of Beech St., in north Baton Rouge. Investigators say the fire started near the water heater and quickly spread to the attic.
Firefighters managed to contain the blaze in a hallway, but not before the flames burned through the roof.
No one was home at the time.