ST. LANDRY PARISH- Two men have been arrested for setting fire to a neighboring mobile home located in the trailer park they live in.
Logan Bertrand, 21, and Carlos Juan Flores, 18, were booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail for one count each of Simple Arson and Criminal Trespass.
In the morning hours of August 13, the Eunice Fire Department requested the assistance of the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) to assist in determining the origin and cause of a trailer fire located in the 1000 block of North 2nd Street.
SFM deputies learned the fire call on the morning of the 13th was the third to the address in a little more than 24 hours. The first time, a minor fire was discovered and utilities were removed from service. The second call involved a larger fire that was extinguished by the fire department.
After an assessment of the scene, multiple areas of origin were located in the home and the fires were determined to have been intentionally set. Witness statements reported Bertrand and Flores being spotted near the structure at the time it was last noticed to be on fire and they were identified as suspects in the case.
SFM investigators discovered the trailer was vacated by the tenants just days prior to the fires following a break-in at the trailer, in which Bertrand and Flores are suspected of being involved in. The incident was reported to the St. Landry Sheriff’s Office and is under investigation by that agency.
In an interview with investigators, Bertrand admitted to breaking into the structure, but became emotional when questioned about setting the fires. Flores declined to speak with deputies.
Warrants were then obtained for the two men and they were booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail.