Bossier City Police arrested a man overnight after he assaulted his wife and set a fire that destroyed two garages, two vehicles and damaged two homes.
40-year old Nolan Lando was arrested on charges of aggravated arson and domestic abuse battery stemming from a series of incidents that began late Tuesday.
Officers were called to Lando’s house on the 1100 block of Gilbert Drive around 11:40 p.m. in reference to Lando physically attacking his wife. However, Lando fled the scene before officers got there.
Then just after 1 a.m. police received a 911 hang up call from the same house and when they arrived, officers found the garage behind the house engulfed in flames. Police found Lando in the backyard trying to light his clothes on fire after dousing himself with charcoal lighter fluid. Officers were took Lando into custody without injuring himself .
Fire investigators determined Lando intentionally set the garage on fire.
The fire quickly spread to a neighbor’s garage on the 100 block of Gary Court which contained a car and a pickup truck. Due to the size of the fires and the intense heat they produced, police went door-to-door to several nearby houses and evacuated residents as a precaution. It took firefighters approximately 15 minutes to bring the fires under control, but not before it destroyed two garages and two vehicles. It also caused damage to two neighboring houses.
Fire crews had to deal with several downed power lines while battling the blaze. There were no reported injuries as a result of the fires. Evacuated residents were able to return to their houses within an hour.
Lando was booked in the Bossier City Jail on the above charges. Lando also was arrested for having a Shreveport warrant on a domestic abuse battery charge.
Information from Bossier City Police Department