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Retirement home worker accused of setting fire; nobody hurt

March 26, 2019

KINDER, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office says a retirement home employee is accused of setting a fire that prompted evacuation of about 30 residents but didn’t hurt anyone.

A news release Tuesday said 41-year-old Nakisha Walker of Oberlin was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated arson and resisting an officer.

Fire marshal’s spokeswoman Ashley Rodrigue says the fire started early March 21 in the whirlpool room at Kinder Retirement and Rehab Center, which has about 70 occupants.

An employee extinguished it before firefighters arrived.

Online records indicate Walker was released on $6,000 bond. She couldn’t be reached for comment. Directory assistance didn’t have a phone number for her. It wasn’t clear whether she had an attorney who could speak for her.

Kinder is about 29 miles northeast of Lake Charles.