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Charges filed in 16 Jackson arson cases

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson Fire Department's five fire investigators have been cracking down on fires that they suspect are intentionally set.

JFD Chief Investigator Greg Travis says 16 arson indictments have been handed down in the past few weeks.

One of the cases was a house in the 3400 block of Shady Oaks Street in Jackson that burned in January 2012. Frederick McDonald is accused of starting the fire. He's charged with arson, aggravated assault and house burglary.

Authorities say a domestic squabble resulted in the fire at a house on Prosperity Street in July. Tammy Lacey and Cindy White have been charged with arson in that case.

Nothing but a pile of ruins stands in a lot in the 100 block of Minerva Street. Larry McLauren, 58, is charged with burning down the structure, and he's still awaiting indictment.

"We're trying to make certain we get the bad guys off the streets," Travis said.

Travis tells us the overwhelming majority of the arson cases appear to be crimes of spite or revenge, including one fire set on Northside Drive recently.

"A gentleman was upset with a female companion. He went to the door, got ignitable liquid, poured it at the door, used an open flame to ignite it. There were some people occupying the apartment at that particular time," Travis said.

No one was killed in that fire or any of the others fires in these cases.

Travis says the crackdown sends a message that arson won't be tolerated in the Capital City. 

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