Man accused in arson of grandmother’s shed, house

Kentrell Ross
Kentrell Ross

A 29-year-old man accused of lighting his grandmother’s shed on fire on July 31, a blaze that quickly engulfed the house and forced his grandmother and two children to flee, was arrested Wednesday morning.

The grandmother awoke at 3:15 a.m. when she heard someone outside her house in the 2700 block of Indiana Street and saw that her backyard shed was on fire, according to the arrest warrant.

She ran inside to get two children and raced with them to her car where she saw her grandson, Kentrell Jason Ross, whom she had kicked out of her house a week earlier for stealing from her, standing by the car, the warrant says. Ross told his grandmother he had been watching the house all night.

He also told her she couldn’t leave because her car had a flat tire, but she left anyway, the warrant says.

The shed contained lawn equipment for Ross’ father who had fussed at Ross for giving Ross’ grandmother problems, the warrant says.

Fire investigators learned someone had doused the shed in flammable liquid before setting it ablaze, the warrant says.

Firefighters doused the flames at about 4:40 a.m., but returned to the home three hours later when the fire re-ignited in a part of the house damage during the first fire.

Ross, whose address was not available, will be booked into Parish Prison on three counts of aggravated arson, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.