Arsonist wearing hoodie torches Algiers restaurant

Firefighters suspect arson in a two-alarm fire Friday night at Raising Cane’s in Algiers, the New Orleans Fire Department reported.

No customers were inside the restaurant that serves chicken finger meals, located at 4009 Behrman Highway in Algiers, but six employees were on duty, a Fire Department news release says.

An employee said a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt walked in with a plastic gallon container containing a clear liquid, the release says.

The man walked to a center booth and poured out the liquid before igniting it with a cigarette lighter, the release says.

The man ran away as the restaurant caught fire and burned, the release says.

The first wave of firefighters arrived at 9:58 p.m. and found the restaurant heavily engulfed in flames, the release says.

Firefighters called a second alarm for backup at 10:04 p.m., the release says.

The fire was brought under control at 10:46 p.m. after 21 units manned by 48 firefighters responded, the release says. No one was injured.

The New Orleans Police Department and officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives New Orleans Field Division helped the Fire Department handle the blaze, the release says.

An employee said the man’s hood covered his face, the release says. The fire is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP (7867).