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Arrest made in boat fire deemed arson

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Posted at 7:44 PM, Apr 11, 2023

On Tuesday April 11 at 11:30 a.m. Scott Fire Department was dispatched to a boat on fire in the 3000 block of Mills Street.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed a fiberglass fishing boat engulfed in flames, which was quickly extinguished, officials say.

While attempting to determine the cause of the boat fire, firefighters observed a camper on the property, which appeared to have been burned recently.

Investigators were then requested to the scene.

Investigators believe the camper fire started around 3:00 a.m., however, fire officials were not notified.

Investigators determined that both the camper and boat were intentionally set.

As a result of their investigation, Lafayette Fire Investigators booked 31-year-old, Dustin Turner, into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility with the charge of simple arson.

No firefighters or civilians were injured as a result of the incident.