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Fire investigation at DeRidder gas station leads to arrest of owner and employee

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Posted at 8:06 AM, Jan 30, 2020

A DeRidder gas station owner and one of his employees are accused of burning down the business to collect insurance money.

The fire happened on Thursday, January 23 in the 200 block of Highway 26 in DeRidder.

According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, surveillance video led them to 47-year-old Bradley Treme and 42-year-old Denver Cooley.

Investigators say Cooley allegedly admitted to working with Treme to set the fire because the business was failing.

Treme and Cooley were arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail on one count of Arson with Intent to Defraud and one count of Criminal Conspiracy.