Investigators determined the fire, which caused damage in excess of $500,000 dollars to the unoccupied building, was intentionally set, Browning said.
A multi-agency investigation involving the Louisiana State Police, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office ensued.
During the three month long investigation, investigators learned that 55-year-old Nancy L. Rogers of Lafayette, was seen at the home hours before the fire was set, said Browning.
Based on evidence and information collected, investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for Rogers’ home in Lafayette. As a result of the evidence gathered during the investigation, a warrant for Rogers’ arrest was secured.
Investigators arrested Rogers Sept. 24 at her home in Lafayette without incident. She was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail for one count of simple arson and is being held with no bond, stated Browning.
“I would like to thank all the agencies that assisted us with this investigation,” said Marshal Browning. “It is because of our partnerships with other law enforcement agencies that we were able to identify and arrest Rogers.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office will continue to use all of our resources to locate and arrest those persons who set fire to homes and other structures intentionally.”