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Suspects Arrested for Negligent Arson

Dec 12, 2018 08:45AM ● By Staff Writer

12/11/2018 -- Lafayette firefighters responded to 800 East Vermilion Street to a reported structure fire. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was coming from a shed behind the vacant dwelling. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 10 minutes. The shed sustained heavy fire damage.

Fire officials determined the building was a vacant structure with no utilities. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson.

Fire investigators arrested two suspects for allegedly starting the fire in the vacant structure. The suspects, 19 year old Ottis Key (W/M) of Houma and 18 year old Katherine Cass (W//F) of Lafayette were charged with Negligent Arson. 

Both suspects were booked into Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.


Ottis Key (W/M) of Houma



Katherine Cass (W//F) of Lafayette

Cass was also booked for an outstanding Bench Warrant and Possession of stolen things.