Investigators rule arson as cause of Lafayette house fire

A Lafayette house fire has been ruled arson by investigators Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (WLFI Photo)
A Lafayette house fire has been ruled arson by investigators Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Lafayette house fire deemed suspicious Monday night has been ruled arson by investigators Tuesday morning.

The fire happened around 8 p.m. at a home at 643 Oregon St, near the intersection of Seventh Street.

Lafayette Assistant Fire Chief Brian Alkire said multiple points of origin were determined. He said the cause of the fire has been ruled “incendiary in nature.”

The building holds two apartments and the fire affected the downstairs, Apt. A. Investigators said no damage was done to Apt. B, located upstairs.

When firefighters arrived on scene, there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor. Initial reports indicated there were possibly people inside, but no one was inside either apartment.

Alkire said witnesses reported seeing a subject leaving the scene just before the fire broke out.

Monday night, fire officials on scene told News 18 they don’t believe anyone was living in the structure. They had also deemed the fire “suspicious” in nature while continuing to investigate.