Five people were hospitalized in Lafayette early Monday after someone set fire to an apartment building at 102 Van Buren Drive.
The injured suffered minor burns and leg, ankle and back injuries after they were forced to jump from their second-floor apartments to escape the fire, Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said in a news release.
The blaze originated around 3:55 a.m. in the upstairs breezeway of the eight-unit apartment building at Victory Village Apartments, Trahan said.
Because the fire was blocking exits for two of the three occupied units on the second floor, those residents were forced to jump from their windows after lowering their children to the ground, Trahan said. The other residents, including those from the two occupied units of the first floor, were able to exit through their doors.
Firefighters got the fire under control in about 20 minutes, although all eight units sustained heavy fire damage, Trahan said. Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses to determine who may have been responsible.
Anyone with information may call the anonymous Lafayette Crime Stoppers tip line at (337) 232-TIPS or the Lafayette Fire Department at (337) 291-8716.