Apartment fire ruled arson

An early Monday morning apartment fire in north Lafayette has been ruled an arson.

The fire at Victory Village Apartments happened around 4:00 a.m. on Vanburen street.

“The fire did start in the breezeway upstairs and it looks like someone intentionally set the fire,” said Alton Trahan, Lafayette Fire Department Investigator.

The morning blaze destroyed eight apartments and five of them were occupied.

“The complete upstairs units had heavy flames and smoke coming from it. There were a lot of individuals outside because most of them had to jump from the second floor, including adults and kids,” said Trahan.

Trahan said at least five of the fire victims received minor burns, along with leg, ankle and back injuries.

He said the families lost all of their belongings in the fire.

“American Red Cross is assisting them, but my understanding is there are other units that’s available at the apartment complex that they may be able to move into,” said Trahan.

Trahan said investigators are trying to determine who was the target.

“Obviously you had eight apartments buildings so we’re not quite sure exactly who they were trying to scare or harm,” said Trahan.

This is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has information call 232-TIPS or Lafayette Fire Department.

 

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