August 5, 2014 — This summer has been quite active for arsons in the Lafayette area with a total of eight occurring in June which are still under investigation. This morning Lafayette firefighter responded to yet another arson at a vacant structure at 6:34 this morning.
Firefighters were called out to the 200 block of Dolese Street where upon arrival heavy smoke was coming from the house. Firefighters entered the vacant home noticing the fire was coming from one of the bedrooms which caused moderate damage to the property by the time the fire could be extinguished.
PIO and Investigator for the Lafayette Fire Department, Alton Trahan, says their number one thing is community awareness.
"When we got there, it was heavy smoke for sure. Firefighters made entry, to was unlocked so it wasn't hard to access. Once we got inside we realized there was a small fire inside one of the bedrooms." said Trahan.
"Our number one thing is community awareness as well as alertness. If you live near a neighborhood where there is a vacant home that is easily accessible and the doors and windows are open. If you see anyone go inside, just call 911 anytime of the day. That way we at least have law enforcement to go in there and check out who is inside that house."
According to the owner, the house has been vacant for several months as well as unsecured. Investigators determined the fire originate in the bedroom and was intentional.
This is the second arson of a vacant home on Dolese Street, the first taking place in the June arsons. As of now the Fire Department says they cannot determine if this fire is related with any of the fires that took place in June.