Jul 25, 2014 1:25 PM by Dave Fields

Investigators say 4 of 8 Lafayette arsons may be related

Investigators now report that four of the eight Lafayette arson fires in mid June may be related in the way they each started.

Lafayette Fire Department spokesperson Alton Trahan explained that each of the fires started on Garfield, South Magnolia, Jefferson, and North Pierce Streets started with the use of an apparent accelerant on the exteriors of the dwellings.

"The results from evidence collected at the scene are still pending," Trahan said. Trahan noted that, beginning June 11, eight arsons occurred in unoccupied structures during the next eight days.

Trahan said that investigators are attempting to determine if some of the fires were the results of a copycat or vagrants. Trahan noted that, prior to the arsons, the vacant structures on South Magnolia and NW Evangeline Thruway were frequently occupied by homeless individuals.

According to Trahan, firefighters already have conducted numerous neighborhood canvasses and interviews, but the investigation remains active. If anyone has any information, please contact Lafayette Fire Department or Crimestoppers at 337-232-TIPS.



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