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Teen Suspect Arrested in Livingston Parish Arson

October 8, 2014

Baton Rouge, La. (October 8, 2014) – A 17 year old from Tangipahoa Parish is accused of arson in connection with a fire at a Livingston Parish timber company. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) firefighters responded to a wildfire on Selders’ Lane in Independence, La. on March 25, 2014. The fire burned approximately 43 acres which included 15 acres of Weyerhaeuser Timber Company property. The blaze resulted in $4,563 of damage.

“When the fire was started, weather conditions were extremely dry and windy. These conditions can cause the fire to spread quickly and create an even more dangerous  situation,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Austin Tycoty Brewer was picked up by authorities in Hammond, La. on October 2. Investigators say Brewer admitted he started the blaze. Investigators say Brewer did not disclose a motive for setting the fire but during questioning, Brewer reportedly said, “I guess I was being bad.”

Brewer is charged with one count of simple arson and was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail. Bond was set at $25,000. Officials say Brewer bonded out of jail.

If convicted, Brewer could receive a fine up to $15,000 and/or two to fifteen years behind bars.