UPDATE, 8/27/23, 8:40: MAURICE, La. (KLFY)– A suspect was identified and arrested in connection with a mobile home fire Sunday afternoon in Maurice, according to the Lafayette Fire Department.
Investigators arrested 30-year-old Jarad Decuir of Lafayette. Judice, Duson and Milton Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the initial 911 call reporting smoke coming from a mobile home in the Trails End Mobile Home Park, located at 409 Petite Road.
Multiple fire trucks from seven fire departments responded to the fire at 1:20 p.m., and when they arrived, the mobile home was fully engulfed. The resident of the mobile home was not there at the time of the fire, according to neighbors, and the occupant’s dog was saved from the home with no injuries.
While battling the fire, a large field ignited as well. Additional firefighters and resources were called to help. It took more than two hours to contain both fires.
The mobile home sustained heavy fire damage, and the occupant lost everything in the fire.
Decuir was charged with simple arson. Bond details are still undetermined.
The investigation into the fires in ongoing. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, contact the LFD or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.
ORIGINAL STORY, 8/27/23, 3:21 p.m.: The Lafayette Fire Department is currently on the scene of a mobile home arson on Petite Road in Maurice.
The department said the fire was intentional and believe there was some confrontation involved that led to it. A grass fire also started following the mobile home fire.
No injuries were reported, according to LFD.
This is an ongoing investigation, and more information will be shared when made available.