POSTED: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 1:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 10:50am
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — An inmate locked up for arson is accused of setting a fire in the Lafayette parish jail this morning.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the fire happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. Inmate Sidney Syon, 28, is accused of using a lighter to set fire to the sheets and blanket located in his cell.
“There is no smoking and no lighting devices allowed within our facility. It has been that way since 2000,” Cpt. Kip Judice, Lafayette Sheriff’s Office, explained. “The assumption is that he concealed [the lighter] in his body cavity, but that’s not confirmed yet through the investigation.”
Syon was originally arrested by the Broussard Police Department for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend’s mobile home the night before Thanksgiving. Additionally, he was charged by the Lafayette Police Department for slashing four tires and placing harassing phone calls.
“Prior to the new charges his bond was set at $111,000,” Cpt. Judice noted. “He will have a new charge of Aggravated Arson. No new bond has been set for that charge at this time.”
Syon did sustain minor burns and suffer from smoke inhalation. He is currently being treated at a local hospital.
“He will remain at the hospital under guard until he can go back into incarceration,” Cpt. Judice said. “His burns were minor and his smoke inhalation was more severe.”
Several inmates were evacuated to another area of the facility while the fire was being contained and investigated. The Lafayette Fire Arson Investigation Unit is working in conjunction with the Sheriff’s office in this case. Officials say there was minimal damage done to the facility.