A 67-year-old Lafayette man was arrested Saturday in a string of Church Point arsons.
Charles Richard was booked on a count of aggravated arson and three counts of simple arson after a public tip that he committed a series of four fires within blocks of one another in Church Point Friday.
Richard confessed to the fires in an interview with Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s deputies and claimed he set the fires “in a fit of rage over a recent falling out with an ex-girlfriend,” a statement from Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue said.
The Church Point Fire Department responded to the first fire at an unoccupied home in the 200 block of East Canal Street around 1:30 a.m. The home’s carport area suffered the most damage. The home belonged to Richard’s ex-girlfriend, Rodrigue said.
Minutes later, firefighters responded to a mattress fire in the 500 block of North Main Street.
Then, around 4:45 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire at Spanky’s Small Engine and Mower Sales in the 300 block of North Main Street, the statement said. The business is owned by Church Point Mayor Ryan “Spanky” Meche.
Soon after the fire at Meche’s business, firefighters responded to a dumpster fire behind another business in the 300 block of North Main Street. No one was injured in any of the fires, Rodrigue said.