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Westlake man accused of setting family's home on fire on two separate occasions

Posted at 3:31 PM, Apr 04, 2020

The State Fire Marshal's Office has arrested 50-year-old John C. Miller of Westlake for allegedly setting his family's house on fire on two separate occasions.

The Westlake Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on West Wehrt Street around 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Officials say it was the second fire that occurred at the address in a little more than a month.

SFM investigators, with the help of Westlake firefighters, were able to determine the most recent fire started in a bedroom and was intentionally set. Deputies learned the home was co-owned by several siblings, but Miller was the only one residing there. Miller admitted to being the only occupant at the time of the fire. He also admitted to setting the previous fire on February 25 and another attempt between the two known fires that self-extinguished.

Miller was placed under arrest and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail on two counts of simple arson.