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State Fire Marshal deputies arrest Rayne man for Crowley house fire

Crowley firefighters contacted the SFM on May 8 for help in investigating a residential fire in the 700 block of West Second Street.

Posted: May 14, 2021 6:04 PM

ACADIA PARISH, La. (KADN) - A Rayne man is facing charges for allegedly setting a relative's vacant house of fire.

According to a tweet from the State Fire Marhsal's Office, Craig Batiste, 20, is charged with one count of simple arson.

Crowley firefighters contacted the SFM on May 8 for help in investigating a residential fire in the 700 block of West Second Street.

SFM deputies determined the fire started in a bedroom and was set on purpose.

According to the release, the home was vacant for about a year. Batiste lived in the house at one time.

"Through additional investigative efforts, deputies collected witness statements and evidence confirming Batiste as the suspect in the case," the tweet stated.

Batiste is being held in the Acadia Parish Jail.

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