An elderly Lafayette man’s home was burglarized before it was purposefully set on fire Tuesday morning, firefighters say.

The fire started around 9 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 300 block of Joan Street, according to Lafayette Fire spokesman Alton Trahan. The fire began in the home’s front bedroom before spreading to the attic and through the rest of the building. The residence was burglarized before the fire was set, he said.

The home’s single occupant, an elderly man, was out of state visiting a relative at the time of the fire.

When firefighters arrived, the house was fully involved, and smoke and flames were venting through the front windows of the residence. Crews were able to bring the fire under control within 15 minutes, but the residence and its contents sustained heavy fire damage, Trahan said.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact Lafayette Fire Department at 291-8716 or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

Email Katie Gagliano at kgagliano@theadvocate.com