Jackson residents shocked by fire, hopes it’s the end of suspicious activity on Wood Glen Drive

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A home on Wood Glen Drive goes up in flames early Wednesday morning.

After seeing how large the flames got, neighbors were thankful it didn’t spread to other homes.

“Houses over here are pretty close to each other over here. So when one home catches fire, the others are at risk,” said Marshand Chrisler, a Jackson resident.

The fire broke out around 4:00 a.m.

Charles Jenkins, who lives next door to the house, couldn’t believe it.

“When I came out here, I seen the flames and the fire trucks out here. But, it’s just crazy,” said Jenkins.

The Jackson Fire Department says when crews got inside the home, no one was living there.

“It’s supposed to be vacant, as far as I know. But people still come back and forth.”

Neighbors say they’ve seen people at the home during the day and night.

“The problem is between tenants, you have activity where people just think they can come in and live in a home, which is illegal.”

All though the home is vacant, neighbors say squatters have been living here for the past three months

Neighbors tell me one of the squatters is a young man, who has caused some disturbance in the neighborhood before.

Each time, they call police.

“Several times, JPD has been called out here several times. We need help. We really need help with this person,” said an anonymous Jackson resident.

WJTV was told there was some suspicious activity at the home the night before the fire broke out.

“Last night he was taking trash, from the garbage pile, spreading it on the porch and setting it on fire.”

Neighbors say they’re sad the home is destroyed, but hoping this is an end to the suspicious activity.

JFD says they have not ruled out arson as a cause of the fire.

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