ST. LANDRY PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has arrested a man who's accused of intentionally setting three separate fires in St. Landry Parish.
Austin Blake Ceaser, 35, is believed to have set fire to his ex-girlfriend's house, her father's truck, and her parents' home. He's charged with the following:
- Aggravated arson
- Simple arson
- Arson by injury
- Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling
- Criminal trespassing (3 counts)
Officials say on March 9, firefighters called out investigators to determine the cause of a house fire in the 200 block of Frilot Cove Road in Opelousas. The homeowner was not there at the time, but a neighbor says she saw the owner's ex-boyfriend, Ceaser, beating on the door and trying to kick it in just before the fire started.
A K-9 was injured by debris while searching the home for evidence.
At that time, a warrant was issued for Ceaser's arrest.
Then on May 4, a vehicle fire was reported in the 200 block of L'Anse de Cavalier Road in Ville Platte. Investigators determined it to be arson.
Investigators discovered the owner of the truck is the father of the victim from the house fire in March, who had been living in Ville Platte since the fire. Ceaser was named as a suspect in that case as well.
And then on May 27, investigators were called out to a house fire at the same property where the truck was burned. It was determined the fire started just below one of the bedrooms under a window AC unit. There were eight people in the home at the time.
The female victim from the fire in March told investigators she was asleep when she smelled gasoline coming through her window unit. She got up to see where it was coming from and discovered a fire, which she put out with a hose. She went on to say when she picked up her phone to dial 911, she noticed seven missed calls from a blocked number.
The victim says Ceaser has continued to harass her and her family since her house fire in March despite her having an active protective order against him.
Ceaser turned himself in to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office on Saturday, June 2. He was transferred to the St. Landry Parish Jail on Monday, June 4.