Arson suspected in early morning house fire

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the possibility of arson in a fire that damaged a Eunice home early this morning.

Two pumpers and a rescue service truck responded to the fire alarm at 1:09 a.m., arriving at 1152 North MLK as residents were getting out of the four-bedroom house and moving vehicles from the carport. No one was hurt in the fire.

According to Chief Wayne Lavergne, fire was burning in the house and arriving firemen also saw a woman using a garden house in the frigid night air trying to put the fire out along the south wall of the frame structure.

The blaze was extinguished, the chief said, as it reached the house's attic.

He said the Fire Marshal's Office was contacted by what appeared to be suspicious circumstances related to the fire starting on the outside of the house.

He said preliminary inspection by the Fire Marshal caused an official investigation to be started.

The house is owned by Herman Semien and occupied by he and his daughter Brenda, the chief said. A young man and a small girl were also in the house at the time of the fire.

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