COVINGTON, La. -- A cell phone video that reportedly showed two suspects leaving the scene of a fire and discussing what they had done led to their eventual arrests, according to the St. Tammany Parish Fire Department.
Two men were arrested by the state fire marshal for a Jan. 14 arson that left a St. Tammany firefighter injured.
Michael Ellis Mathieu, 21, of Covington, and Corey Eshleman, 24, of Folsom, were arrested and charged with simple arson and injury by arson, according to Hartman.
On Jan. 14, a fire broke out a vacant home in the 73000 block of N. Lee Road, near Covington.
“Four fire engines, one rescue unit and a 5,000-gallon water truck responded to battle the blaze, with a total of 14 personnel. A firefighter sustained burns to his neck and required medical attention,” said a statement from Hartman.
Arson was immediately suspected by officials based on evidence found at the scene.
Few weeks after the fire St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office investigators looking into an unrelated crime found a video on a cellphone of one of the suspects. The video showed the two men driving by with the fire in the background and discussing what they had done.
St. Tammany investigators turned the evidence over to the fire marshal, which led to the arrest of Mathieu, who has previously live at the address, and Eshleman.