Haynesville man accused of setting fire to former church, 2 vacant residences

The three fires occurred within less than eight hours
Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 6:43 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 9:26 PM CST
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HAYNESVILLE, La. (KSLA) — A Claiborne Parish man is accused of setting fire to two vacant residences and a former church within less than eight hours.

Lorenzo D. Henderson, 28, of Haynesville, is charged with aggravated arson because two of the three fires threatened nearby dwellings that were occupied, said Ashley Arnaud, of the Louisiana state fire marshal’s office.

Henderson also faces charges of simple arson, trespassing, burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the fires that started at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.

The first fire was at a vacant dwelling in the 600 block of McDonald Street. Firefighters found it had begun to damage a neighboring home with a family inside. No one was injured.

Then at 4:03 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21 came the fire at the former church in the 8200 block of Louisiana Highway 534, also known at Bridgeman Avenue. Maps indicate it formerly was the home of Hope Missionary Baptist.

Again, when firefighters arrived, they discovered that the fire had begun to damage a neighboring home where people were asleep inside. No one was injured.

The last fire was at a vacant mobile home in the 200 block of Zion Drive. It occurred at 6:11 a.m. Monday.

Henderson was known to sometimes stay with relatives who live next door to the former church, and sometimes he would stay on the abandoned church property, Arnaud said. The latter is what gave rise to the burglary charge.

Henderson was taken into custody when he was found walking along U.S. Highway 79 near the Haynesville Police Department. During an interview with deputies, he allegedly admitted his involvement.

Online records show Henderson is being held in the Claiborne Parish Detention Center, where he was booked Monday afternoon.