Arson suspected in LaPlace vacant home blaze

Published 12:16 am Saturday, November 10, 2018

LAPLACE — A fire that burned Monday evening at 2224 Cambridge Drive in LaPlace was intentionally set, according to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, and officials are looking for community tips to yield more answers.

It was one of two house fires recorded Monday in St. John the Baptist, neither of which resulted in injuries.

Investigation revealed the Cambridge Drive fire started in the master bedroom, likely on the bed itself, according to Ashley Rodrigue, public affairs director for the State Fire Marshal.

“At this time we haven’t determined an exact cause, but we have classified the fire as incendiary, which is the terminology we use to say it was intentionally set,” Rodrigue said.

Rodrigue classified the location as “vacant” because the owner had not been home in the past month.

Investigators are speaking with neighbors and using security cameras to find more information, according to Rodrigue.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by phone at 1-800-256-5452 or online at

Cain Dufrene, chief of operations for St. John Parish Office of Fire Services, said firefighters received a call reporting heavy smoke coming from the location at 4:11 p.m.

Four engines responded, and firefighters discovered flames emerging from the back doorway and window.

“We got a report that no one’s living there and kids like to play in it,” Dufrene said. “We did a search of the house but didn’t find anybody. We called in the State Fire Marshal to determine the cause and origin because it’s a little suspicious to have a fire in an abandoned house.”