Another arson reported at vacant home in Lafayette, fire officials report

The Fire Department is investigating the ninth arson of a vacant home in Lafayette since June 11.

The Tuesday morning blaze at 204 Dolese St. was just across the street from an arson reported June 12 at 203 Dolese St., Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which did moderate damage to the home and is believed to have been intentionally set, according to a news release from the Fire Department.

The owner reported that the home had been vacant for several months and was not secured, Trahan said.

He said there is no confirmed connection between the two fires of Dolese Street, but investigators are comparing the details of the two cases.

“One of our concerns is trying to see if those two might be related,” he said.

No arrests have been made in the continuing investigation of nine arsons.

“These things are happening for the most part in the middle of the night and nobody sees anything,” Trahan said.

He said investigators believe four of the fires might have involved the same person or people, and the other cases could be linked to vagrants living in the vacant homes.

“Everything still remains active,” Trahan said of the investigation.

No one has been injured in any of the blazes.

The most recent arson of vacant home before Tuesday’s fire was on June 19.

Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux, whose district includes portions of the north Lafayette area struck by the fires, said he had been encouraged by the lull and hopes this is not the start of another series of arsons.

Boudreaux has been pushing several anti-blight measures, and he said the fires highlight the need to address abandoned and unsecured vacant homes in the area.

“I think that’s something we need to put on our radar in a different way,” he said.

Fire investigators ask anyone with information on the arsons to call Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.