A 47-year-old woman was arrested this week on suspicion that she set fire to her Luling home before the blaze subsequently spread to neighboring residences.
Tammy Veillon, of 107 Gassen St., was arrested Sunday (March 29) on charges of aggravated arson and possession of methamphetamine. The fire is under investigation by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal.
According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, one of the two neighboring residences that caught fire was occupied, but those inside were able to safely escape.
The incident took place just before 2:45 a.m. Sunday according to the Fire Marshal’s Office, which also noted the two occupants who escaped without hard were 69 and 70 years old, respectively. Fire Marshal deputies determined the fire began in Veillon’s home near her living room couch, and that the fire was intentionally set. A witness told investigators one of the occupants of one of the other affected homes unsuccessfully attempted to stop the fire from spreading to their home.
Veillon admitted to setting the couch on fire, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as other items in and outside of her home. She said she did so out of anger that she did not have electricity, according to the Fire Marshal.
Veillon was treated at a medical facility for burns suffered during the incident prior to her booking.