Report: Man uses TV remote batteries to start fire in jail to cook food

Posted at 12:08 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 14:13:37-04
Kenneth Wayne Rollins
Kenneth Wayne Rollins


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.