Posted: Aug 22, 2013 6:16 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 6:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fire department investigators arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he confessed to setting fire to a house while his old flame was inside.
The arson division accused Eric Dickerson, 28, of aggravated arson, terrorizing, and violation of a protective order. Baton Rouge Fire said Dickerson was caught driving by the house while investigators were still there, and he later admitted to starting the fire.
Police said around 3 a.m. Wednesday Dickerson used a gasoline-soaked rag to start the fire at a house on Lorraine Street. They said three people were inside at the time including Dickerson's ex-girlfriend, Kenyetta Jones.
Firefighters said there was only minor damage to the house, and nobody was hurt. Neighbors said they didn't realize anything had happened until they saw the damage the next morning.
"They had parties but it was more like get-togethers, they were more like Christian people. They was good neighbors to have," said neighbor Christian Zeno.
According to court documents Jones filed a restraining order against Dickerson this past July. She claimed in the order that he threatened her life twice, and once choked her and pushed her around while they were out at a movie.