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Two Jackson Arson Cases in 24 Hours

Arson Targets Home of Woman with Double-Leg Amputation

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -

Jackson fire officials are investigating two arson cases they say happened in the last 24 hours.

Neighbors in West Jackson call one of them 'Senseless' - targeting the home of a woman who is disabled and can only move around with the help of a wheelchair.

That happened early Monday morning on Elraine Boulevard. Chief Fire Investigator for the Jackson Fire Department, Gregg Travis, said authorities do not have a suspect.

There were no injuries in the fire, Travis said.

Without someone in custody, neighbors say they are on edge. They say they can't understand why someone would try to start a fire, using gasoline, at the home of someone who uses a wheelchair.

Oscar Bell is the uncle of the woman who uses the wheelchair. He said he thought it was a gas leak at first but investigators found evidence of arson in the form of singed paneling lining the side door.

"But why are you trying to hurt me when I ain't did nothing to nobody. I'm down here trying to help somebody so why you want to do something to me," Bell said.

Kirk Williams lives nearby. He said he's know Bell's niece almost his entire life.

"She's handicap. She lost both her legs. And I don't know why somebody would want to do that to her," Williams said.

"That's what it looked like, trapped. They was trying to trap the fire so they couldn't get out. But I told him, I said 'Well, all you have to do is throw her out the window, try to get her out the window and get her out. And he said 'I would have done that'," Williams said.

Neighbors say they can't think of a serious reason why anyone would target the home. They're planning on keeping watch on the house.

"And it scares me. I'm like 'Wow, I stay across the street. why would they want to do this?'," Williams said.

"I can't answer why somebody, no, I can't answer that cause I don't know. If I knew that, y'all wouldn't be here," Bell said.

Over in the 1700 block of Grand Avenue investigators say there was another, unrelated, arson.

Someone tried to start a vehicle on fire, Chief Investigator Travis said.

Investigators say damage was minimal. There is no suspect.

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