HAMMOND, La. (BRPROUD) – According to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM), 38-year-old Danielle Johnson of Baton Rouge was arrested for allegedly setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s Hammond area home while her children were asleep inside.
SFM says Johnson set the fire late Saturday (August 20) night at his ex’s home, which is located on Billville Road in Hammond.
According to authorities, the victim’s daughters, 11 and 14 years of age, were sleeping when the smoke and flames woke their pet dog. The dog got the girls up and the two were able to escape safely.
SFM says the dog did not make it out of the fire.
After the Hammond Fire Department extinguished the blaze, the Hammond Fire Prevention Team and the SFM assessed the scene and found that the fire had been intentionally set.
These authorities collaborated with Hammond Police to identify Johnson as a suspect and begin searching for him.
SFM says they were able to nab Johnson and he was arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated arson, aggravated animal cruelty, violation of a protection order, and criminal trespass.