Church fires shine new light on 2016 arson investigations in St. Landry Parish

Posted at 6:52 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 19:52:48-04

OPELOUSAS, La (KATC) — Investigators involved in the recent string of church fires in Opelousas may be taking a closer look into three arson investigations from 2016, according to a source from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Beginning on Thursday July 14, 2016 three arson investigations occurred within the span of five days in the parish.

The old governor’s mansion in Opelousas, dating back to the 1850’s was burned to the ground on July 14,2016; the same day that investigators say someone drilled holes into the walls of the Orphan Train Museum to try and ignite the building from within.

Five days later on July 19th, 2016 a fire at the Olde Wood Accents building in Washington caused nearly $300,000 in damages.