Investigators suspect arson in a fire that destroyed a house at 5656 Peerless St. early Thursday, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced.

The house had no electricity or gas utility service and no one was home, department spokesman Mark Miles said.

The first firefighters arrived on scene at 4:45 a.m. and found flames coming out of the front bedroom, he said. The blaze was under control in a matter of minutes, but the house, valued at $60,000, is considered a total loss along with about $10,000 in contents, Miles said.