Teenager killed in overnight fire in LaFayette; 29-year-old resident charged with murder

LaFayette Director of Public Safety thankful that there weren't more casualties

LAFAYETTE (WDEF) – A LaFayette woman is now behind bars after police say she intentionally set a fire at her apartment complex that killed a 19-year-old girl.

Firefighters tell News 12 they responded to the blaze at the Carriage Hill Apartments Saturday night at 11.

It took three official agencies and a prison firefighting unit to help get the fire out Sunday morning.

The Director of Public Safety for LaFayette, Ashley Meeks says 29-year-old Shennia Chambers is charged with first degree arson and murder in the death of the 19-year-old.

Meeks also gave officers and firefighters a pat on the back, as he believes their efforts didn’t allow a tragic situation to get any worse.

“It was a combined effort. The police officers on scene started the evacuation process of the first and second floor, while the firefighters were able to go and start doing the job of searching for victims on the third floor. And, if it wasn’t for that coordinated effort, I think there would have been a lot more casualties involved.”

One person was able to get out safely.

Residents in the eight other apartments in the building are displaced.

The Red Cross is helping all of the families, but they could still use more help.

Anyone who would like to contribute is asked to contact LaFayette’s crisis intervention supervisor, Terry Robertson, on Monday.

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