Investigators: Man intentionally set blaze at apartment complex
BATON ROUGE - Fire officials in Baton Rouge made an arrest in the two-alarm fire on Jefferson Highway that was intentionally set.
Jeffrey Jones was arrested and charged with simple arson on Sunday. Investigators say he allegedly got into an argument with his wife, and once she left police say he tossed his cigarette onto the mattress where it caught on fire. Then, he allegedly threw the mattress onto the balcony at the Jeffersonian Apartments.
Two residents from the apartment complex and a firefighter were treated for minor injuries. Crews were finally able to contain the fire, but not before it damaged ten units, as well as a vehicle parked behind the building.
Officials say because of the way the building is designed the fire could have been much worse.
"A fire can double in size every mintute," said Eldon Ledoux, St.George fire department. "When you have ten units its very dificult to contain the fire, so the important thing is to get an early start on it." We had sufficent man power and equipment on the scene."
Majority of the residents have been dislocated. The American Red Cross said they had to assisted about thirteen displaced families.
Investigators say the plan to up Jones' charge to aggravated arson.