Authorities in Acadia Parish are investigating an early morning house fire in the 600 block of Choppy Road near Church Point.
Accordiing to Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon, his office received a call from a passing motorist who reported the fire shortly before 6:30 a.m.
The Mire Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and upon arrival found the structure fully engulfed and burnt to the ground. Once the fire was out, members of the Mire Fire Department checked the structure, and located a body near the front door and requested law enforcement at the scene.
Investigators with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office and Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office were called to scene and have taken over the investigation.
The Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office advised that the body will be transported to Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death as well as the race and sex of the fire victim.
A second fire in Acadia Parish happened shortly before 8:00 a.m. and involved a vehicle.
The Richard Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and upon arrival found a vehicle fully engulfed near the intersection of Black Smith Road & Hwy 95. The vehicle which was located in front of an abandoned home was burnt beyond recognition.
At this time investigators are treating both incidents as arson, however they are unsure if these incidents are connected.
They are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything, to contact the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office at 788-8700.