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Man accused of setting fire to New Iberia apartment, endangering lives of others

Posted at 2:29 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 16:43:22-04

The State Fire Marshal's Office has arrested a New Iberia man for allegedly setting a fire inside of his apartment Tuesday.

Deputies say 40-year-old Russell Louviere was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on Wednesday, September 4 on charges of Aggravated Arson and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling.

On Tuesday, deputies were contacted by the New Iberia Fire Department to help determine the cause of a minor fire at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Twenty Arpent Road in New Iberia.

An initial investigation of the scene found damage in the kitchen of one unit where it was determined the fire was intentionally set.

A witness told deputies that Louviere was allegedly seen pouring an unknown substance on the outside of a neighboring unit's window while a tenant was inside.

A second witness told investigators that Louviere had also allegedly broken down the door of an another neighboring apartment while a woman and her child were inside.

Following the investigation, Louviere was arrested and transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.

After his release, deputies say Louviere was booked in connection with the case.