Lafayette Councilmen speak out against the arson in their districts

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 9:57am

LAFAYETTE, LA. (KADN) — Over this week we have brought you extensive coverage of the arson fires in Upper Lafayette. Eight houses, one of which was under construction, were set on fire. Although all the homes were either abandoned, vacant, or unoccupied councilmen Kenneth Boudreaux and Brandon Shelvin are concerned for their constituents.

All the fires have been in their districts, nearly all of them near the boundary of district three and district four, Shelvin and Boudreaux's districts respectively.

District 4 Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux: "I don't think it as much to do with vacant homes, I think it has to do with idle minds. I think it has to do with quality of life and people's conditions that they're in now, and thank God that it has been unoccupied homes. We're concerned about it. I have had the opportunity to speak with the fire chief and of course they're looking they're investigating. He wasn't able to disclose specifics to me, but I think we're going to resolve this sooner than people think."

District 3 Councilman Brandon Shelvin: "We're taking more of a proactive approach. We are going to be having the police department as they're patrolling the areas be cognizant of the fact near blighted areas to watch out if people are looking suspicious, like they may be trying to do something. "

The police department, the fire department, and the state fire marshal's office are actively investigating the fires, but they need the public's help. If you have any information about the fires please call the police department or 232-TIPS.   

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