Two houses torched by arsonist
BATON ROUGE- A fire at an abandoned home spread to an occupied house next-door Monday. Firefighters said flames had burned through half of the second home by the time they arrived.
The original fire, on the 1800 block of Birch Street, was ruled arson fire investigators said. It was destroyed.
The Red Cross assisted the only person who lived in the second house, who escaped unharmed.
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