Appleton Avenue fire early Tuesday morning destroys house, arson suspected, BRFD spokesman says _lowres

A blaze devoured a car and burned a hole through a house at 2813 Appleton Ave. in Baton Rouge on May 17, 2016.

An arsonist’s fire devoured a car and burned a hole through the house it was parked next to Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge, causing officials to declare the property a total loss.

The blaze at 2813 Appleton Ave. first came to the attention of firefighters at 3:13 a.m. when flames from a car parked in a carport were seen spreading into the adjacent house, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles said in a news release.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but at 6:42 a.m, they responded to a call that the fire had rekindled inside the house, Miles said.

“Crews arrived to find fire going through the roof of the house and began their attack to bring the fire under control,” Miles said.

The one-story house was declared a total loss, and investigators determined the blaze was the work of an arsonist, Miles said.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the family living in the house, he said.