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ST. MARY PARISH (Dec. 10, 2019)- A Franklin woman has been arrested for setting fire to a vacant home she was squatting in in Morgan City.
Ashley Bourgeois, 33, was booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail on one count each of Simple Arson and Criminal Trespass.
In the afternoon hours of December 3, the Morgan City Fire Department requested the assistance of the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) to determine the origin and cause of a minor fire in a vacant house located in the 300 block of Lawrence Street in Morgan City.
After assessing the scene, deputies determined the fire originated in a bedroom and was intentionally set. It was originally thought that a victim had sustained injuries. However, once SFM deputies arrived on scene, it was determined that there were no injuries involved.
SFM investigators learned Bourgeois had been seen going in and out of the home in the days prior to the fire. Once located, Bourgeois told deputies in an interview that she had set the fire to keep warm while staying in the home, but fled the house when the smoke became overwhelming.
Bourgeois was then placed under arrest.