Arrest made in Holden wildfire

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POSTED: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:03pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:07pm

This is an NBC33 News update:

HOLDEN, La (WVLA) -- Charlie Sibley, 52, of Holden was arrested yesterday for allegedly starting the fire that burned 450 acres of wooded area in Holden last week. Sibley has been cited for Criminal Negligence in connection with the fire, which caused an estimated $500,000 of damage.

According to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Sibley allegedly burned a debris pile at his house on October 1, 2010. Although he extinguished the fire with water, the next morning it rekindled, setting off the massive fire.

The timber in the area is owned by the Weyerhaeuser Company.

Original Story:

Saturday afternoon, a wildfire sparked up in Holden that burned a lot of property.

Livingston Parish officials say there were six fire departments called in just contain the blaze. Large equipment such as helicopters and bull dozers were used to survey and curttail the fire.

In addition to the number of Fire Departments, other services such as the Livingston Parish Department of Homeland Security were called in to handle the logistics of the huge disaster. Mark Benton is the director of that deparment, and he said they had their hands full all yesterday afternoon, and last night.

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