Serial arsonist arrested in Kaplan

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 1:47pm

KAPLAN, LA (FOX44) — A 55-year old man was arrested for allegedly setting twelve fires over the past two years.

A two year arson investigation ended this weekend with the arrest Felician Josephy “Fish” Primeaux. Officials believe the 55-year old is responsible for setting 12 fires at various vacant buildings in the Kaplan area.

Over the weekend the State Fire Marshal was called out to a fire on West 10th Street in Kaplan. The residential home was vacant and engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The Fire Marshal teamed up with the Kaplan Police Department and the Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Office nine months ago to investigate a series of suspicious fires. They included nine buildings, and three were actually set on fire multiple times. One fire happened at the Kaplan Rice Mill and destroyed the commercial structure.

The latest fire seemed to fit with those that were involved in that investigation.

The 12 fires were all set at vacant and older unused buildings located in the city. Officials say that critical evidence was discovered at the fire on West 10th Street that linked Primeaux to the crime.

“I commend Chief Boyd Adams and Sheriff Michael Couvillon for their full support and highly professional personnel who played the critical role of sticking with this investigation as we have now solved the mystery,” Butch Browning, State Fire Marshal, said in a press release. “This investigation had the personal involvement of Senator Jonathan Perry; he ensured all the state’s resources were committed. The people of Kaplan should be proud of its public officials for their passion and dedication.”

Primeaux was arrested without incident and booked into the Vermillion Parish Jail. He is being held on a $300,000 bond.

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