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Haughton Alderman-elect accused of aggravated arson

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Phillip Smith, 38 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) Phillip Smith, 38 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -

A newly-elected Alderman of Haughton has been arrested, accused of setting his own house on fire.

Haughton police and firefighters were dispatched to Phillip Smith's home in the 130 block of Camp Zion Road in Haughton early Wednesday evening, where a neighbor had helped Smith extinguish the fire, but not before it caused damage to the kitchen and master bedroom.

Police say an initial investigation revealed that someone had intentionally set it.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office and the Bossier Sheriff's Office began to investigate, and when they interviewed Smith on Thursday, they say he admitted to setting the fire.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office estimates about $20,000 in fire and smoke damage.

Smith, 38, is charged with aggravated arson. He is being held at the Bossier Maximum Security Facility. Bond is pending.

Smith was one of five people automatically elected on Tuesday to the Town of Haughton's Board of Aldermen. They are set to take office January 1.

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