LaSalle Parish, LA – Arson fire set by inmate controlled by sprinkler system

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has arrested a jail inmate for setting a cell mattress on fire.

Ulises Garrido-Zamudo, 21, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 17, on one count of Aggravated Arson. He was transferred from the detention center he was being held in at the time of the fire to the LaSalle Parish Jail for booking.

In the evening hours of Sunday, September 16, the Jena Fire Department contacted the LAOSFM to assist with determining the origin and cause of a fire in an isolation dorm unit at the LaSalle I.C.E. Processing Center located on Pine Hill Road in Jena.

Garrido-Zamudo had been in the isolation cell where the fire occurred due to discipline issues.

The fire alarm and sprinkler system alerted staff to the fire, however, investigators learned Garrido-Zamudo refused to exit the cell for staff to attempt further extinguishing efforts. He had to be taken to an area hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation as a result.

Following his release from the hospital, Garrido-Zamudo confessed to investigators in an interview that he set the fire due to being upset with a family situation and “the devil tells him what to do.”

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