LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A Denham Springs man has been arrested after reportedly setting a trailer on fire, then trying to keep a firefighter from putting it out.
Officials with Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM) say Hershel Kysar Jr., 39, was booked into jail Sunday, June 9 on charges of simple arson and obstructing a firefighter.
It was initially reported the trailer belonged to Kysar’s sister, however, through followup investigative efforts, deputies with the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM) obtained documentation indicating the property may have been under Kysar’s ownership at the time of the fire. All documentation, including this new information, has been submitted to the 21st JDC District Attorney’s Office for review relative to both original charges Kysar was arrested for (simple arson and obstructing a firefighter).
On Saturday, June 8, firefighters with the Livingston Fire District #4 responded to a trailer on fire in the 21000 block of Vincent Acres Circle. Investigators with LAOSFM were called out to the scene and determined it was set purposefully.
Investigators also discovered Kysar tried to prevent at least one firefighter from putting the fire out, saying “let it burn.” While on the scene, Kysar reportedly told officials with LAOSFM he’d set the trailer on fire while burning a trash pile nearby because he wanted to get rid of it.