HOUMA, LA (NBC33) — Four teens were arrested in Houma after they allegedly started a fire at an unoccupied home. Officials believe they sparked the blaze with flare guns, which were reported stolen from a local Wal-Mart.
Firefighters responded to a blaze at a home on Grand Street on Thursday, April 4, at roughly 7:00 p.m. When they arrived they found the structure engulfed in flames.
Witnesses told investigators that a group of teens were seen shooting a flare gun near the house shortly before the fire started. Officers with the Houma Police Department also learned that flare guns had been recently reported stolen from a nearby Wal-Mart.
A 15-year-old and three 14-year-old boys were apprehended and are believed to be responsible for the theft and the firing of the guns. Detectives believe the flare guns sparked the blaze.
All of the juveniles were arrested and charged with Illegal Discharge of a Weapon, Simple Arson, and Theft. They were transported to the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center.