Updated @ 4:00 p.m.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the fire that killed three and injured a fourth Tuesday morning was intentionally set.
“We believe that the fire originated on the middle landing of the stairway leading to the apartment where the victims perished,” said Deputy Chief Brant Thompson with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
METAIRIE, La. (WGNO) – A fire at a Metairie apartment building has been deemed suspicious, authorities said Tuesday.
Jefferson Parish fire crews were called to the building at 2308 Harvard Avenue around 2:48 a.m.
JPSO spokesman, Colonel John Fortunato, said after crews put out the fire the bodies of two men and a woman were discovered inside. The identities of the victims have not been released yet, but officials say the woman was in her 40s, one man was in his 30s, and the other man was in his 50s.
A 44-year-old man, who was the only surviving victim, told police he awakened to smoke and fire at the front door. He then decided to jump out the second floor window believing the others inside would do the same. That man hurt his leg.
He will be interviewed by police later today.
Fortunato said detectives found accelerant at the scene. Also the origin of the fire is suspicious.
The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated.