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New Iberia man booked on charges of aggravated arson

Posted at 6:24 AM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 07:24:30-05

A New Iberia man was arrested on Sunday on charges of aggravated arson after investigators say he set fire to a home he was visiting on Admiral Doyle Drive.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office says 37-year-old Derek Landry was arrested on Sunday and booked on one count of aggravated arson.

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Derek Landry courtesy Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office

Investigators say the fire occurred in the 2500 block of Admiral Doyle in New Iberia and that firefighters were able to extinguish a pile of burning clothes found in a bathroom of the home.

Deputies with the fire marshal’s office began investigating and found that Landry allegedly locked himself inside the bathroom of the home and set the clothes on fire. According to witnesses, Landry set the clothes on fire after talking to deputies through the bathroom window.

Six other people, including four children, were in the home at the time of the incident.

Landry was removed from the home by the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department and taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Upon release from the hospital, Landry was placed under arrest, according to investigators.