A 29-year-old Patterson man who is already behind bars on other charges was arrested Tuesday for starting a fire inside the St. Mary Parish Jail, according to the St. Mary Parish Arrest Report.
Kenneth Wayne Rollins was arrested on a charge of fire-raising in a correctional facility.
Deputies received a report concerning a fire inside one of the dorms at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center, stated in the report. Upon further investigation, it was learned that several inmates were gathered around a table inside a dorm with a small fire underneath.
Inmates were attempting to cook food on the table top. The fire was quickly extinguished and the deputies were able to identify Rollins as a suspect.
After speaking with Rollins, he allegedly admitted to starting the fire with batteries from the TV remote.