Iberia ParishLocal News


IBERIA PARISH (March 25, 2020)- A Jeanerette man has been arrested for setting his neighbor’s shed on fire.
William Smith, 37, was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on one count of Simple Arson.
In the early morning hours of March 23, the Jeanerette Fire Department responded to the 600 block of Domingue Street for a report of a shed fire. It was the second time firefighters were called to this address within hours; the first time was for a reported trash fire between two homes. State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies were then called to assist in determining the origin and cause of the fire.
After an assessment of the scene and evidence collection, SFM deputies determined the shed fire was caused by fuel being added to the existing trash fire which then spread to the shed. Smith had already been identified as a suspect in the case and taken into custody by Jeanerette Police.
In an interview with investigators, Smith admitted to adding fuel to his trash fire and witnessing it spread out of control to the nearby shed belonging to his neighbor. He was then booked in connection with the case.
The SFM would like to thank the Jeanerette Fire and Police departments for their partnership in this case.

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