The fire happened around 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday (April 3, 2019) on John Bennett Road off of Hwy. 36 East in Abita Springs. It took thirteen LDAF firefighters and the District 7 (Pearl River) Volunteer Fire Department approximately seven hours to get the blaze under control.
“Right now, it is uncertain whether the fire was intentionally set or whether it was an act of negligence. We’d like to speak with anyone who may have information regarding this incident,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
If convicted of arson, the person or persons responsible could face up to 15 years at hard labor and/or up to a $15,000 fine. A conviction of negligence is a misdemeanor and the person or persons responsible could face a fine of no more than $300 and/or up to 30 days behind bars.
Anyone with information can remain anonymous and is urged to contact the LDAF at (225) 925-4500 or the LDAF Wildfire Hotline 1-855-452-5323.