A volunteer firefighter has been arrested, accused of setting an abandoned house on fire.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM), in collaboration with the Jeanerette Fire and Police Departments, arrested Kentrelle Beasley Jr.
Beasley, 18, was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on one count of Simple Arson.
Just after midnight on Saturday, July 4, the Jeanerette Fire Department responded to a report of a residential fire in the 100 block of Nolan Duchane. The fire was actually reported by Beasley, in person, at the fire station. Beasley, who had been a volunteer firefighter with the department for three months, later showed up to the scene in his gear to assist with fire suppression efforts.
Due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire, SFM deputies were requested to assist with the investigation.
After an assessment of the scene, deputies determined the fire originated on the front porch and was intentionally set.
Deputies learned that the fire chief’s suspicions about Beasley’s involvement with the fire led to her questioning him on scene which allegedly resulted in a confession. Beasley was taken into custody by Jeanerette Police to await further questioning by SFM deputies.
In an interview with investigators, Beasley allegedly confessed to setting the home on fire and explained he did so in order to be able to help put out a fire.
Beasley was then placed under arrest in connection with the case. He was also relieved of his duty with the fire department upon arrest.