Published On: Wed, Oct 18th, 2023

Louisiana man accused of setting New Orleans house fire that killed his 3 kids

A Louisiana man is accused of setting a New Orleans home on fire and killing three children Tuesday.

Joseph Washington Sr., 29, was arrested in New Orleans a day after the fire that killed his three children, ages 8, 5 and 3, police said in a statement.

The children’s mother called 911 at 11:55 p.m. and said that she was at work but that their father was threatening to burn down their house, police said.

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Authorities investigate after three children died in a house fire in New Orleans on Wednesday.WDSU

Audio of the call played by NBC affiliate WDSU of New Orleans includes the mother telling a dispatcher that someone is on the phone threatening to set the house on fire and to please hurry.

Moments after the 911 call, a fire was reported, police said. The 8-year-old and the 5-year-old were rescued but died at a hospital, and the 3-year-old was found dead inthe burned home, police said.

Washington faces three counts each of second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, as well as one count of aggravated arson, police said.

He was in custody Wednesday night, according to jail records. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

He jumped from an overpass before he was arrested and was taken to a hospital for an evaluation of possible injuries, New Orleans police said.

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