Six house fires in less than a week have investigators with the Lafayette Fire Department looking for answers. Luckily, no one has been injured in these fires. But, there are similarities that have officials wondering if there's a serial arsonist.
"The fire was a display. It was quite a sight to behold,” said Gerald Segura, who lives next door to the home set on fire off Magnolia Street. It was a startling sight to wake up to at three in the morning.
"All I heard were sirens, banging, men yelling at each other and I came out here and the blaze was over this live oak tree here,” said Segura.
That fire was just one of five others over the course of five days. Alton Trahan with the Lafayette Fire Department says they've all been vacant buildings and within a mile-and-a-half of each other. One of the home fires was ruled a kitchen accident. An investigation is underway to connect the dots.
"We've interviewed at least six people this morning to try and get an understanding on some suspicious activity what's going on, particularly (with the) understanding these fires happened between midnight and five in the morning,” said Trahan.
Trahan says it's apparent some of the fires started on the exterior and others, the interior. So, could this be the work of an arsonist?
"We're trying to determine if it’s something somebody is doing by themselves or more than one individual or whether homelessness has anything to do with it,” said Trahan. As for neighbors, they're keeping a watchful eye concerned it might happen again.
"Well yeah, there seems to be a pattern going on,” said Segura. If you have any information on the string of fires, you're urged to call Crimestoppers at 232-TIPS.
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
Lafayette LA 70509