Authorities in St. Mary Parish arrested a Centerville man on charges of simple arson.
45 year old Michael Blanchard, Sr. Of Centerville, LA was arrested on May 13, 2014 at 6:22 am for simple arson. Deputies responded to a 911 call of a fire at a residence on Palmer Lane in Centerville. Upon arrival, deputies found the home engulfed in flames.
Deputies received information from witnesses at the scene indicating that the fire may have been started on purpose. During the course of the subsequent investigation, the deputy learned that Blanchard verbally threatened the property owner the previous morning. The deputy also gathered evidence linking Blanchard to the crime.
This case is under investigation by the Louisiana State Fire Marshall's Office.
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