Vidalia woman arrested for allegedly setting car fire that damaged nearby house

Published 2:55 pm Thursday, January 18, 2024

VIDALIA, La. — A Vidalia woman faces felony arson and misdemeanor phone harassment charges stemming from an early Sunday morning fire that burned up a car and part of someone’s house.

Concordia Fire District and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a Vidalia residence in response to the fire around 6 a.m. Sunday. Authorities did not release the address, stating they were concerned for the victims’ safety.

The home occupant told investigators they were woken up by an explosion and then realized that the vehicle parked close to the house was on fire.

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The house itself was reportedly filled with smoke and one side of the home nearest to the vehicle was damaged.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire and prevent any further damage to the home and all occupants were able to evacuate safely, authorities said.

The fire appeared to have started at the rear of the vehicle with no part of the front of the vehicle sustaining damage.

Upon further investigation of the matter, it was stated that Raquel Denisha Thomas, 25, had made multiple threats recently via social media and in one of the messages, a direct threat to the vehicle in question was made.

Thomas was arrested at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday and booked into the CPSO on harassment and aggravated arson charges.

Anyone who is arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty.