BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office have arrested two Prairieville residents for allegedly setting fire to a vacant Port Vincent bar in December.
Bridget Boutwell, 33, and Joseph Solar, 32, were booked into the Livingston Parish Jail and each face one count of simple arson, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property and burglary. In addition, both Boutwell and Solar are facing additional charges related to the same incident from another law enforcement agency, according to SFM Public Affairs Director Ashley Rodrigue.
LPSO requested help from SFM around midnight on Saturday, Dec. 26 to determine the cause of the fire that engulfed the vacant bar previously known as the Bayview Bar.
SFM determined the fire was an arson.
Witnesses said they had seen a red truck on the property the day of the fire. On Monday, Jan. 18, LPSO received a tip about a similar red truck on the property, according to Rodrigue.
That’s when LPSO and SFM located the duo, along with a red truck, at the property. They reportedly admitted to SFM that they broke into the building the night of the fire to steal scrap metal and take shelter from the cold, according to Rodrigue.
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