UPDATE: Arson suspect captured after fire at ULM ski house

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UPDATE [Wednesday, Dec. 21st at 9:58pm]-

A suspect in connection to a possible arson at the ULM ski house is in custody this morning.

According to an arrest report, ULM officers were dispatched to the fire Tuesday afternoon, where they observed heavy smoke and flames at the ski house on Bon Aire Drive.

Joey McNamara, coach of ULM’s Water Ski Team, says Tuesday night’s blaze is shocking.
Damages appear to be limited-focused on the changing room area. McNamara says they are lucky.
“We were incredibly fortunate, mainly thanks to first responders. They were on the scene very quickly. Boat was… no problems with the boat.”

Officers used water from Bayou Desiard in an effort to contain the fire until Monroe Fire arrived on scene.

Security footage revealed that a man was sitting on a nearby dock Tuesday afternoon and later poured a can filled with gasoline along the structure’s wall.

The footage then showed the suspect light the walls on fire with matches. 

The suspect is identified as 36 year-old Michael Daquilla of Centreville, Mississippi. He was later located in Monroe’s Target store. 

Daquilla was arrested and was transported to the Ouachita Correctional Center. He faces one count of simple arson.

His bond has not been set.

Fire officials are investigating a possible arson case after the ski house at ULM caught fire.

The blaze was reported just before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Crews were able to put out the flames in minutes.

There is no word on what started the blaze, however officials suspect it may be arson due to the burn appearing to be a controlled burn.

The ULM Police Department has released photos of a person of interest in the case.

The images show a man in a camouflage jacket, a purple baseball cap, and blue jeans.

Anyone who knows the identity of this person, or has information that could help in identifying him is asked to contact the ULM Police Department at (318) 342-5350 or contact Crime Stoppers of Ouachita Parish at (318) 388-2274.

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