ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A 24-year-old volunteer firefighter, who was only in his third day on the job, allegedly set fire to two buildings Friday night.
According to the Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal, Adam Carriere was arrested on two counts of arson and two counts of trespassing Saturday. The charges stemmed from two fires started within minutes of each other in the Tunica community of West Feliciana Parish.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said the first fire sparked in the 1500 block of Tunica Trace at what was formerly Hallie's bar. The building was no longer in use. The fire was reported at 11:23 p.m. The second structure to burn that night was a vacant house in the 5100 block of Old Tunica Road. It was called in at 11:42 p.m.
Investigators with West Feliciana Fire District #1 determined both fires had been intentionally set and shortly thereafter, Carriere became a possible suspect. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office joined the investigation. A follow-up investigation by the arson division of the state fire marshal's office, along with the other two agencies, then resulted in Carriere's arrest. He was booked into the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office.
"This is a perfect example of local and state agencies working together in order to bring an arsonist to justice," Browning said. "It is taken very seriously when a firefighter crosses the line and does something like this. We will not tolerate such actions."
Browning said Carriere joined the West Feliciana Fire District #1 as a probationary firefighter. According to reports, an initial background investigation turned up no information that would have excluded Carriere from becoming a firefighter. A more thorough background check had been started, but was incomplete when the fires were set.
"I will personally work with Sheriff Austin Daniels and District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla to ensure the accused is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Browning added.