Woman arrested for arson after apartment catches fire

Published 4:40 am Saturday, May 26, 2018

Officers from the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) arrested a Bogalusa woman Thursday, for allegedly setting her apartment unit on fire following an eviction.

According to Ashley Rodrigue, public affairs director for the OSFM, Sandra A. Luter, 48, of Bogalusa, was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on Thursday for one count of aggravated arson.

Rodrigue said that the OSFM was contacted just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to assist in determining the origin and cause of a fire at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Union Avenue in Bogalusa, locally known as “Sunset Acres.”

Rodrigue said that OSFM investigators learned that Luter had been evicted Tuesday and given 24 hours to leave. During an interview, Luter immediately confessed to investigators that she had lit a shirt on fire in her utility room because “she was mad,” Rodrigue said. Luter was then placed under arrest.

Additional charges at the federal level are possible, due to the fire involving government housing.

Sandra Luter

Bogalusa Fire Chief Richard Moody said that firefighters received the initial call at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Upon arrival, the fire was in the attic and outside storage building of Apt. No. 63, which spread through the attic,” Moody said. “There was extreme fire damage in two apartments, and moderate smoke damage in other apartments. The fire appears to have originated in an outside storage unit directly behind Apt. No. 63.”

Moody said that firefighters did a great job in helping to keep the blaze from spreading further.

“I would like to recognize the excellent work done by members of the Bogalusa Fire Department, along with assistance from Washington Fire Districts No. 6 and No. 7,” Moody said. “They kept this fire from spreading to four other apartments.”