BAKER, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Fire Department Arson Division was called to the scene of an early morning fire on Kleinpeter Rd.
A little after 3:30 a.m., BRFD investigators arrived at 6139 Kleinpeter Rd.
According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, “Throughout the investigation it was determined that the defendant had committed LRS 14:52.2- Negligent Arson by intentionally and knowingly entering a structure without the owner’s permission and also setting fire to the structure.”
31-year-old Keith Wilson was arrested and charged with Negligent Arson.
The arrest was made after investigators collected these details:
- The defendant was observed exiting the burning structure and running away from the scene
- The suspect stated that he was smoking a cigarette on the exterior of the house and dropped the burning paper on the ground next to the vacant structure
- The defendant only remembers later seeing a cloud and flashing lights before running away
- The suspect further stated that he did not have permission to be in the house and did not know who the owner was
The vacant home sustained $10,000 in damages.
Wilson remains in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.