Woman accused of 3-alarm Apt. fire now back in N.O. to face arson charges


The woman accused of setting the Amies Paradise apartment complex on fire is back in New Orleans to face arson charges.

Jaz’Lynn Major, a Loyola Law student, was extradited from a jail in Texas to Orleans Parish Jail. Authorities in Texas arrested Major after she allegedly fled there following the fire. The fire last week displaced 26 other tenants in the building and killed a dog. New Orleans police report the fire resulted after Major was allegedly served an eviction notice just hours before.

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On Sunday, Orleans Parish Magistrate Commissioner, Robert Blackburn set Major’s bond at $156,000; equally about $6,000 for each of the 26 counts of aggravated arson she faces.

The Times Picayune | New Orleans Advocate reports that public records show Major owed $1,700 or two months back rent when her landlord evicted her. The landlord alleges Major threatened to kill her after she served Major with the eviction order.

It took about 70 firefighters to extinguish the 3-alarm fire. All 26 tenants escaped without injures.