Natchitoches Fire Department Investigations Division Makes Arrest in Arson Case

The Natchitoches Fire Department Investigation Division was called to investigate a suspicious fire in the 1500 block of Mandell Street.

On September 14, 2019 around 7:00 a.m., firefighters with the Natchitoches Fire Department responded to the 1500 block of Mandell Street in reference to a house fire. Upon firefighter’s arrival they located multiple areas of the house where an apparent accelerant was used to set the fire.

The Natchitoches Fire Department Investigation Division arrived on scene and determined that the fire was intentionally set. Investigators spoke with several witnesses that stated a male set the fire and fled the scene in a vehicle.

Natchitoches Fire Department Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Carl Johnson Jr. ( 21 y.o.a, B/M of Natchitoches) for 7 counts of Aggravated Arson.

Carl Johnson Jr. was arrested without incident and placed in Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

If you have additional information in regards to this investigation, please contact Investigator Kory Leo at (318) 357-3860. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.