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Church Point woman accused of setting fire to former rent house

Posted: 2:48 PM, Jul 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-12 15:48:26-04
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ACADIA PARISH - A Church Point woman has been arrested for setting fire to the home she used to rent.

Kathleen Citizen, 31, was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail on July 11 for one count each of simple arson and criminal trespass.

In the late hours of the July 2, the Church Point Fire Department contacted the State Fire Marshal's Office to assist in determining the origin and cause of a vacant house fire located in the 1200 block of Roxie Highway, according to Ashley Rodrigue, Public Affairs Director, State Fire Marshal's Office.

Following an assessment of the scene, multiple areas of origin were discovered and the fire was deemed to be intentionally set.

Witness statements indicated Citizen, the former tenant of the home, was seen observing the fire from nearby before first responders arrived.

Following additional investigative efforts, a warrant was issued for Citizen's arrest, however, she was unable to be immediately located, Rodrigue stated.

On July 11, Church Point Police located Citizen and placed her under arrest for the outstanding warrant from the Marshal's Office.