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Lacombe woman arrested by State Fire Marshal for arson

Lacombe woman arrested by State Fire Marshal for arson
Posted: Jul 11, 2018
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ST. TAMMANY PARISH- The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has arrested a Lacombe woman for setting a camper trailer on fire during a suicide attempt.

Jessica Hanalla (34) was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Tuesday, July 10, for one count of Simple Arson.

On the afternoon of March 16, St. Tammany Fire District #3 contacted the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal to assist in the investigation of a structure fire in the 28000 block of Lapont Drive in Lacombe.

A woman had been found with burns on her body in a canal near a burning camper trailer. She was pulled from the water by neighbors and sent to a burn unit in Baton Rouge.

The camper trailer was on the same property as a second structure, which received exposure damage from the fire.

Investigators located multiple gas cans inside of the camper and determined the origin of the fire to be a mattress. The fire was classified as incendiary.

In an interview with investigators while still in the hospital, the injured woman, Hanalla, said she was feeling depressed and had poured gasoline on her bed in the camper that was next to her parents' home. She told investigators she then lit the bed with a lighter in an attempt to commit suicide. However, once she caught fire, Hanalla said she ran outside and jumped in the water to put out the flames.

In June, a warrant for Simple Arson was issued for Hanalla's arrest.
On Tuesday, July 10, deputies with the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office made contact with Hanalla at another residence in Lacombe and placed her under arrest for the active warrant.