Vol. firefighter charged with third arson count

Adam Paul Carriere (Source: Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal)
Adam Paul Carriere (Source: Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal)

CHURCH POINT, LA (WAFB) - A volunteer firefighter, already accused of setting fire to two buildings just days after being hired, was arrested Wednesday on a third arson charge.

Adam Carriere, 24, was charged with simple arson in connection with a fire that happened in Church Point on Oct. 20, 2009. A large metal building previously used to host rooster fights was destroyed. Officials reported the blaze caused over $70,000 worth of damage.

According to the Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal, Carriere was a member of the Church Point Vol. Fire Department at the time of the fire. He was dismissed from the department when he was named as a person of interest in the investigation. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said Carriere started the fire in hopes of obtaining glory.

"He did this terrible crime to be a hero and to be accepted in the fire department ranks," Browning stated. "He violated the public's trust and this is intolerable."

Carriere was first arrested over the weekend and charged with two counts of arson and two counts of trespassing in connection with two fires in West Feliciana Parish on Friday night. He had just recently joined the West Feliciana Parish Fire District #1. Browning reported while his deputy marshals were investigating those fires, Carriere confessed to the one in Church Point. He gave credit to his men for their work on the cases.

"Our investigators did a wonderful job of connecting this person to a fire that was five parishes away and get this dangerous individual off the street. Firefighters are dedicated and loving people and serve this state with valor," Browning added.

Carriere will face charges in Acadia Parish once he is released from West Feliciana Parish.

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