Arson suspected in house fire

Baton Rouge firefighters arriving at a house fire on Billops Street early Saturday found four spots around the home where an amateur arsonist tried to start a fire before one eventually caught and began spreading.

But the firefighters arrived soon enough that they extinguished the flames before any real damage was done, said Mark Miles, a spokesman for fire department.

They arrived at the home at 3938 Billops St., at 6:03 a.m. and the fire was out less than a minute later, Miles said.

Miles said the firefighters could tell where the would-be-arsonist tried to set the house on fire. They could smell an accelerant in four parts of the home.

One person was in the home, but was not injured, Miles said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact fire investigators at (225) 354-1419 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.