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Bienville Parish Man Arrested in Connection with Arson

October 23, 2015


Baton Rouge, La. (October 23, 2015) – A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a Castor man on three counts of aggravated arson, said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Larry Eugene Page, 35, of 1464 Punkin Center Road, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with allegedly setting two woods fires and a structure fire during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Investigators said witnesses were key in solving this case. One witness reported seeing a white male wearing a white t-shirt running from behind the trailer that was burning. A short time later Page was observed driving past the scene in a white car and identified by three witnesses.

“It is our job to help bring to justice people who put lives in danger and property at risk of being destroyed by acting irresponsibly,” Strain said. “Our team of investigators did an outstanding job solving this arson case and we greatly appreciate the assistance from the public.”

Page was arrested and booked into the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail. His bail was set at $90,000.

Strain added, agents are continuing their investigations into numerous fires in the Bienville and Jackson parish areas which occurred on Oct. 13, 2015.

Strain and State Fire Marshal Butch Browning are asking individuals to report any information they may have regarding these fires. The Louisiana Forestry Association is offering up to a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. If you have information about who may be responsible for these fires, please call 225-925-4500.