Man claims God told him to set homes on fire, police say

A man who allegedly told police he set two Killona residences on fire — including his own — because “God told him to” was arrested and charged with two counts of simple arson.

Eli Davis, 29, was arrested after Killona firefighters contacted the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office on suspicion that Davis may have had involvement in setting fires to residences at 235 Killona Drive, where he resided, and 133 Adams St., where his father had recently resided. The suspicion arose after Davis apparently told firefighters of the Adams Street fire nearby while the Killona Drive fire was being attended to.

The two addresses are approximately 100 feet apart. The Killona Drive home was a total loss following the fire, while the Adams address suffered minor damage, according to St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi.

Investigators determined Davis had set the fires intentionally by setting a piece of paper on fire at his Killona Drive home and by setting mail on fire on Adams Street.

Grimaldi said Davis lived at the Killona residence alone. Davis’ father had recently moved out of the Adams Street location.

Davis is being held at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center on a bond of $25,000.

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