State Fire Marshal’s Office arrests man for arson
Published 8:10 am Tuesday, April 19, 2022
MOREHOUSE PARISH – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) has arrested a Bastrop man for allegedly setting fire to an abandoned funeral home as well as a vacant house that threatened a neighboring home with a family, including children, inside.
Jamie Wall, 28, was booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail on April 11 on one count each of Aggravated Arson, Simple Arson and Criminal Trespass.
The first fire occurred in the afternoon hours of April 3 at an abandoned funeral home located in the 1900 block of West Madison Avenue in Bastrop.
The second fire was reported almost 10 minutes after the first and was at a vacant house located half a mile away in the 500 block of Crystal Street. The fire from this structure caused exposure damage to a neighboring mobile home with a family of four, including two children, inside at the time of the fire. Thankfully, no one was injured.
Following an assessment of both scenes, including collecting evidence and witness statements, SFM deputies determined the fires were intentionally set and Wall was identified as a suspect in both cases.
After additional investigative efforts, deputies obtained arrest warrants for Wall, who was taken into custody on April 11.
The SFM wants to thank the many community members who assisted with this case as well as the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office and Bastrop Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau for their partnership in closing this case.