Arson suspected in fire on Tennessee Street

Baton Rouge fire investigators suspect someone intentionally set several small fires inside a vacant Tennessee Street home early Sunday that burned most of the home’s attic, a department spokesman said.

Firefighters arrived at 2319 Tennessee St. at 1:42 a.m. to find heavy smoke drifting out of the attic, said Curt Monte, a Fire Department spokesman. They also found several small fires inside the building that either died on their own or were snuffed out quickly by firefighters.

Monte said the only one that grew and spread was the fire in the attic.

No one was inside the home at the time of the fire, Monte said.

The house was valued at $100,000 and suffered about $30,000 in damage, he said.

4 booked on suspicion of driving intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Mark Behrnes, 26, 11705 Cal Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Patrick Dupree, 32, 14298 Parkview Drive, Prairieville, second-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required and reckless operation.
  • Lorna Klein, 20, 2150 Ellissalde St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license required/expired.
  • Matthew Mehlon, 31, 2138 Brightside Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.