A LAFAYETTE FIRE FIGHTER HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A SERIES OF ARSON FIRES IN THE CITY.  QUESTIONED BY INVESTIGATORS ON TUESDAY… THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY CONFESSED TO STARTING AT LEAST 20 OF THE HOUSE FIRES. 

SO FAR, HE’S BEEN FORMALLY CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT… BUT MORE ARE LIKELY TO FOLLOW.  LAFAYETTE POLICE, A.T.F. AND STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE OFFICIALS WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS (WEDS.) AFTERNOON TO NAME THE SUSPECT.
   

MOST OF THE FIRES WERE SET IN UNOCCUPIED HOUSES… AT FIRST CLUSTERED MAINLY IN THE FORMER CITY OF LINWOOD.  BUT EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE ARSONIST BEGAN MOVING INTO OTHER LAFAYETTE NEIGHBORHOODS… STRIKING AT LOCATIONS INCLUDING FIRST STREET, WEST MAIN AND WEST-NORTH MAIN STREET.  INVESTIGATORS SAY LAFAYETTE HAS HAD OVER 30 ARSON CASES IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.