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St. Bernard Sheriff: LeBeau fire was not an accident

On Friday afternoon, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann announced the arrest of seven people associated with the fire at the LeBeau Plantation.

“We have one individual in custody from Arabi,” Sheriff Pohlmann told reporters during a Friday afternoon news conference. “All of the six remaining persons in custody are from Texas. These guys apparently work together and apparently were intrigued by the history of the LeBeau Planatation.

“Some time in the early morning hours they entered the LeBeau Plantation with the hopes of looking for some ghosts. While inside, several of them remained on the scene, were smoking some marijuana, and prior to leaving they decided to set the LeBeau plantation on fire.

“They were successful in doing so and the building is currently a total loss.”