Posted: Sep 9, 2010 7:29 PM by Heather Harel
Source: Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal
Two juveniles accused of setting three fires in Livingston Parish have been arrested.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office said the fires were set in the Cane Market Road and Range Avenue area, located in the northern part of the parish. Authorities responded to the following fire incidents:
July 5th, Beechwood Drive fire to a new home, damage set at $40,000
July 21st, West Blount Road fire to a boat, damage set at $30,000
Aug. 1st, West Blount Road fire set to a vehicle, damage set at $6,000
Authorities said they began to investigate the unusual occurrence of fires in a small area and determined a pattern of serial arsons. They determined all three fires were set intentionally and used evidence on the scene to come up with the suspects.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said he is deeply concerned the juveniles used fire to cause such danger and also brought fear to the community.
“We will not tolerate the use of fire in any criminal manner. This is an example that if you use fire to hurt people or destroy property, we will find you and hold you accountable,” said Browning.
The juveniles were each charged with three counts of simple arson. They were released to their parents until the district attorney moves forward with the prosecution process.