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Arson suspected in four fires

These charred boards on the gazebo at Friendship Park are the result of a fire that is suspected to be related to arson. The fire was reported after the park had closed. The fires occurred in the plastic garbage cans, two of which are visible in the background.

These charred boards on the gazebo at Friendship Park are the result of a fire that is suspected to be related to arson. The fire was reported after the park had closed. The fires occurred in the plastic garbage cans, two of which are visible in the background.

 

Picayune Police and Fire Department personnel responded to four instances of suspected arson Monday night.

The first instance of suspected arson occurred just after 9:30 Monday night in the driveway of a home on Stemwood Dr., where a plastic bucket was set ablaze, said Picayune Police assistant to the chief Jeremy Magri.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the bucket and no damage was reported to the home.

Later the same night at about 10:50, firefighters were sent to Friendship Park in response to the gazebo in Kid’s Kingdom on fire, said Picayune Fire Chief Keith Brown. Damage to the floorboards and railing occurred in several places of the gazebo where plastic garbage cans were on fire, Brown said.

“They had just got that fire out when they got a call to a dumpster fire at Regions Bank,” Brown said.

Magri said that call came in at about 11:39 p.m. That incident involved only the dumpster’s contents being on fire, no damage was reported to the building, Magri said.

The fourth and final reported fire occurred at 1:20 a.m. where emergency personnel responded to an unoccupied two-story apartment building on fire behind a single-family home on Mitchell Street, Brown said.

Magri said no injuries were reported as a result of the fires.

All of the incidents are being investigated as possible arsons, possibly set by the same suspects, Magri said.

Anyone with information concerning the fires to call the department at 601-798-4711.