Inmate Being Held for Arson Starts Fire in Jail - KLFY News 10

Arson Inmate Starts Fire in Jail



Fire trucks lined the streets of downtown Lafayette Monday morning, after a security guard called about a fire on the first floor of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

Investigators say inmate, Sidney Syon, set his sheets and blanket on fire inside his cell, using a lighter.

Captain Kip Judice with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office said, "The fire didn't last very long, but it caused a lot of smoke since it's in a closed air environment."

Syon was sent to the hospital, and treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported. But, it's unknown exactly how he managed to smuggle a lighter into the facility.

 "It's something we're going to review and continue to investigate how exactly he got it in and of course, correct that problem for future reference.," said Judice.

 And just last week, Syon was arrested in connection with a house fire in Broussard. Apparently, it was the home of his girlfriend. He was charged with simple arson for that incident. But, this time around, it will be a different story.

 "Certainly with or without intent, setting a fire in a facility with 900 other inmates is a real danger," said Judice. "So he's going to be charged with aggravated arson, which is a pretty stiff sentence."

 Judice says once Syon returns from the hospital, he'll receive a mental evaluation.

-Caroline Balchunas

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