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Arsonist sets fires and destroys churches on election day

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  • Arsonist unleashes terror on Election Day.
  • Authorities arrest Devin McLaurin who is accused of setting 7 fires.
  • He destroyed a church in Jackson, Mississippi.

Arsonist sets seven fires on Election Day. On Tuesday, November 8, the 2022 midterm elections were held in the United States. However, they haven’t been the only cause of concern for citizens, as several fires were set in Jackson, Mississippi.

An arsonist set a series of fires in Jackson, Mississippi and local authorities were on a desperate search to find the person responsible for starting seven fires, in addition to destroying two churches, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Arsonist sets 7 fires on Election Day

Man sets seven fires on election day

The early morning fires were concentrated in and around the campus of Jackson State University, a historically black university. Similarly, one of the two burned houses of worship, the 85-year-old Epiphany Lutheran Church, was completely destroyed. Another fire was started at the JSU baseball field fence.

Police reports said all but one of the fires were out by 6 a.m,. before voters headed to the polls. The Church of the Epiphany burned for more than four hours before fire crews were able to stop the flames.

«There was nothing we could do»

Man causes seven fires elections: "there was nothing we could do"
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So far no injuries have been reported as a result of the arsonist, who was desperately wanted by the local police. Patrick Armon, the deputy fire chief of the Jackson Fire Department said: “I’ve been here for 30 years. This is a major occurrence.»

“This is not something we normally go to. We have about a third of our department on the sites,” Armon added to the media. One of the witnesses mentioned that, “There was nothing we could do but sit and watch. He destroyed the church and everything in it.” Filed Under: Arsonist sets seven fires

Devin McLaurin is arrested

They arrest the suspect

However, after a lengthy search, the Jackson Police Department reported the arrest of the suspected arsonist. Devin McLaurin was arrested Tuesday night, thanks to the help of Hinds County Sheriff’s deputies in Terry.

After being put behind bars, the young man now faces arson charges. The fires burned at Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, Epiphany Lutheran Church, a privacy cover on a fence at the JSU baseball field, a home on Pascagoula Street, a gas station on Terry Road, a structure on Central Street and Dalton and another structure at Terry and Cherry Streets. Filed Under: Man sets seven fires

The investigation continues

investigations continue
The suspect, Devin McLaurin, is only 23 years old, according to the Hinds County Sheriff, Tyree Jones, who says that the young man was arrested near the line between Hinds and Copiah counties. He will be transferred to the Jackson Police Department for further questioning.

Similarly, the fires are still being investigated, even the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office is collaborating on six of the seven cases. They will be in charge of investigating the fire on Jackson State land because it is state property. With information from The New York Post, WAPT and WLBT. Filed Under: Man sets seven fires.

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