UPDATE: 6/28/2021 - Lafayette fire investigators with the assistance of Lafayette Parish Sheriff Department have made an arrest pertaining to the two homes intentionally set on Tuesday.
Investigators arrested Darcy J. Baudoin Sr. , 45 , of Lafayette today for allegedly setting fires to the homes on St. Fidelis Street. He was charged with 2 counts of Simple Arson and booked in LPCC.
One of the homes set on fire was occupied by the suspect. The fires were set after a domestic situation occurred hours earlier.
Lafayette, LA – Firefighters from Carencro, Lafayette, Scott, and Broussard responded to Saint Fidelis Street in the parish to a reported house fire on Tuesday, June 22nd at 2:10 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, it was discovered that two homes were on fire. The initial fire reported was in the 100 block with the second in the 200 block of St. Fidelis Street. Due to a lack of water supply in the rural area, water tankers from all Lafayette Parish Volunteer Fire Departments along with Cankton and Cecilia Volunteer Fire Departments were requested. First responders remained on scene for several hours extinguishing the two fires. Both dwellings and a camper sustained heavy fire damage.
Only one of the dwellings was inhabited. The home in the 200 block was occupied prior to the fire by one adult male. The occupant was not home when firefighters arrived on scene. The unoccupied dwelling did not have any utility services. The previous occupant was using it primarily for storage. No injuries were reported.
Fire investigators with Lafayette Fire Department determined both fires were intentionally set. A criminal investigation is underway to determine who is responsible for setting the fires. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lafayette Fire Department at (337) 291-8716 or contact Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.