By T. Scott Boatright
According to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, Austin Triplet, 28, and James Maxwell, 52, both of Crossett, Arkansas, have been booked into the Jackson Parish Jail on one count of simple arson.
The State Fire Marshal’s office said that on March 23, deputies were requested by the Jackson Parish Ward 2 Fire Department to help determine the start and cause of a mobile home fire on the 3000 block of Highway 556 in Choudrant.
After investigating and getting statements from witnesses deputies reportedly determined that the fire had been intentionally set.
Deputies reported that during the investigation they learned that the person who lived in the home and Triplet had been recently involved in an argument.
Investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office uncovered evidence confirming Triplet as a suspect in the case and identifying Maxwell as being an accomplice. Authorities say Maxwell admitted details about each of their roles in the crime.