Officials suspect arsonist in Laurel

By Ontario Richardson – bio | email

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Fire officials believe a possible arsonist could be on the loose in the northeast Laurel area.

Battalion Chief Alfred Jordan said there has been a rash of spontaneous fires in that area happening within blocks and hours from each other.

He said the fires are being set on abandoned houses and unoccupied properties that do not have any utilities.

Jordan said, "We are concerned about it because not only the destruction of these homes but the homes that are near the homes that are being set on fire are in danger also. We want our citizens and neighbors in those neighborhoods to be aware that someone is probably setting these fires and they need to be vigilant and watching"

If you have any information about these fires please contact the Laurel Police Department at (601) 425-4711.

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