LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Two murder warrants were obtained, on Jan. 17, for 36-year-old Casey Hatch in connection with a house fire on Dobbertine Road Tuesday night that claimed the life of a 39-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter.
State Fire Marshal’s Office, with Lake Charles Fire Department investigators and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, arrested Hatch on two counts of second-degree murder, according to information from the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Hatch was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail. His bond is set at $2,000,000.
Marie Bourque and her daughter, Ski Smith, both died from smoke inhalation. Bourque’s 11-year-old son remains in critical condition.
Hatch owned the trailer where Bourque and her children were staying. Following the fire, he was hospitalized in Lafayette, where he is currently being held in the Lafayette Parish jail on an unrelated, outstanding warrant out of Calcasieu Parish.
Officials are in the process of transferring Hatch back to Calcasieu.