Former firefighter faces three arson counts
A former Church Point volunteer firefighter hoping to be a hero is instead facing three counts of arson.
Adam Paul Carriere, 24, is charged with starting a fire on Oct. 20 in Church Point, according to the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
Carriere was charged earlier, on Jan. 15, with arson in connection with two vacant building fires that occurred within minutes in the Tunica community in West Feliciana Parish.
He was a probationary volunteer firefighter with the West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District for three days before those fires, officials said.
The Church Point fire destroyed a large metal building on the Lawtell Highway. According to investigators, that building had been previously used as a rooster fighting facility. The fire loss was in excess of $70,000.
Carriere was a volunteer firefighter in Church Point until he was dismissed after he became a person of interest in the fire, the release stated.
He wound up at the West Feliciana department three months later.
The first fire he is accused of starting there was reported at 11:23 p.m. at a vacant building once occupied by Hallie’s Bar at 1555 Tunica Trace. The other involved a vacant residence at 5191 Old Tunica Road, reported at 11:42 p.m.
While investigating the West Feliciana fires, investigators allegedly were able to obtain a confession and secured an arrest warrant for Carriere on Wednesday, the release stated.
He will face the simple arson count in Acadia Parish after he is released from West Feliciana, according to the release.
“Our investigators did a wonderful job of connecting this person to a fire that was five parishes away and get this dangerous individual off the street,” state Fire Marshal H. Butch Browning said in the release.
“He did this terrible crime to be a hero and to be accepted in the fire department ranks,” Browning continued. “He violated the public trust and this is intolerable.”