Published 1:37 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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CALCASIEU PARISH – The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested a Lake Charles man for allegedly setting two mobile homes on fire, one of which had two people inside at the time.
Rodney Hill, 44, was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail on Friday, Dec. 30, on one count each of Aggravated Arson and Simple Arson.
In the evening hours of Friday, Dec. 30, the Calcasieu Parish Ward 8 Fire District #2 responded to a report of a mobile home fire located in the 2400 block of Highway 397 in Lake Charles. Firefighters arrived to find no active fire, but two mobile homes with fire damage. A resident who escaped one of the mobile homes had already extinguished fires at both exit doors with a hose while the other mobile home fire, also located on the exterior, burned out before the fire department’s arrival. No one was injured.
Following an assessment of the scene and collecting witness statements, deputies determined the fires were connected and intentionally set.
In collaboration with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hill was identified as the suspect in the case. Hill, who was already in custody for additional crimes related to the fires, was then booked in connection with the fires.