(1/7/19) The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) has arrested a Louisiana man for setting fire to the motel room he was staying in.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office say Morgan Freepon, 33, was booked into the Red River Parish Jail on Monday, Jan. 7, on one count of Aggravated Arson.
State Fire Marshals say during the evening hours of January 6, the Red River Parish Fire District requested the assistance of the SFM to investigate the origin and cause of a fire at the Budget Inn, located in the 1300 block of Ringgold Avenue in Coushatta.
Three units were affected, but only one, Unit 117, was damaged in the fire.
All three affected rooms were occupied at the time of the fire, including a mother and baby, however, all occupants were able to escape unharmed.
Following an assessment of the scene and collecting witness statements, investigators determined the fire started in Unit 117, where Freepon was staying.
The origin of the fire was classified as an incendiary device.
Deputies then made contact with Freepon, who had been taken into custody earlier in the night by Coushatta Police.
In an interview with investigators, Freepon admitted setting the fire and being under the influence of illegal narcotics at the time of the fire.
He was then placed under arrest.