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Teens arrested for fire at behavioral health facility in Morehouse Parish

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Posted at 9:32 AM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 10:32:28-04

17-year-old and 15-year-old have been arrested, accused of setting a fire at the juvenile behavioral health facility where they were being treated.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says the 17-year-old was booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail on one count of Principal to Aggravated Arson while the 15-year-old was booked into the Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Facility on one count of Aggravated Arson.

On October 28, the Bastrop Fire Department requested the assistance of the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) in the investigation of a minor fire at the Cypress Grove Behavioral Health Facility located in the 4600 block of Eugene Ware Road. Almost 30 occupants were in the facility at the time of the fire, according to officials.

After assessing the scene, deputies located a small pile of burned debris in a room where the two teens were assigned and deemed the fire as intentionally set. Deputies say that additional evidence obtained revealed one teen provided the means to set the fire while the other committed the act of setting the fire.

Both were arrested