No cause determined in Bawell Street fire

Baton Rouge firefighters have not yet determined the cause of a vacant house fire near College Drive early Friday that caused an estimated $45,000 in damage and follows at least four other vacant house fires in Baton Rouge in the last 30 days.

Firefighters arriving at 4647 Bawell St. at 4:28 a.m. saw flames emerging from the rear of the house, department spokesman Mark Miles said in a release. By the time the blaze was controlled at 4:50 a.m., the flames had burned the kitchen, spread up to the attic and caused serious smoke damage through the rest of the house. The house also sustained heavy water damage, the release says.

Early Wednesday, flames engulfed a vacant home at 2009 Nebraska St., near Highland Road. Firefighters determined the cause to be arson.

On Sunday, two arsons destroyed a vacant house on 1136 Coolidge St. and burned the attic of another vacant home at 2319 Tennessee St.

A suspected arson also destroyed about 70 percent of a house and a Honda Accord at 2035 68th Ave. on May 24.

Police look for possible jumper in river

Baton Rouge police on Friday night were searching for the body of a person believed to have jumped from the dock known as the “paper clip” into the Mississippi River.

Multiple witnesses were being interviewed by police, Cpl. Don Coppola, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Police Department, said late Friday. He did not have further information.

The dock is located near the USS Kidd.

Authorities book 4 on suspicion of DWI

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. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Jennifer Dillemuth, 36, 5848 Guava Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.
  • Sadie Goodwin, 22, 10824 Cedarbrook Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and improper lane use.
  • Kayla Sanford, 23, 411 Westhaven Blvd., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, reckless operation of vehicle, and prohibited right turn on red light.
  • Joshua Smith, 22, 7808 Lasalle Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and obstruction of a public highway.

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