Five Jones County woods fires believed to be arson

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Firefighters were called out five times over the weekend to a home on Pearl Hodge Road to battle woods fires that are believed to be deliberately set.

The first one occurred around 10:00 p.m. Friday night. Then Saturday and Sunday four more fires were set on the same property.

Jones County Fire Investigator Scott Gable said in most of the cases, the property owner was not home when the fires were set.

Gable says they have no suspects are looking to question a couple of people.

He says with the heat and the number of brush and woods fires, firefighters don't need people committing arson.

"Most of the time they are being called out at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. when it's 99 degrees outside and the heat index us up to 105," said Gable. "These fires are taking a big toll on firefighters and equipment."

Anyone with information on who is setting these fires is asked to contact the Jones County Sheriff's Office or go to their web site at

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