Man charged with arson in connection with fire at Mississippi Delta Community College

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SUNFLOWER COUNTY,  Miss. (WJTV) — Authorities arrested a man last week in connection with a fire that happened at Mississippi Delta Community College last month.

The  Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office and other agencies said Timothy Jones is charged with one count of arson in the 1st degree and one count of arson in the 3rd degree along with several other felony charges from assisting agencies.

“This arson case was solved quickly thanks to the teamwork and cooperation of state and local agencies,” Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said.

Authorities said the fire was intentionally set in the Administration Building of the college on December 14, 2017, and a van belonging to the college was stolen and set on fire a few miles from the school.

MDCC President, Dr. Larry Nabors also praised the team effort.

“We at MDCC would like to thank the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the State Fire Marshal’s Office who have worked tirelessly in a collaborative effort with our campus police department. The Deputy State Fire Marshal was quick to arrive on the scene the morning of the fire, and the MBI’s assistance began shortly after.  The college is greatly appreciative of both agencies’ solid direction and dedication to the investigation.  A large part of the swift movement, in this case, is due to their thought, planning, and action,” said Dr. Nabors.

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