Columbus police arrest accused arsonist

Tamarcus Montrel Thomas | Source: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

Columbus police are connecting a 39-year-old man to two fires.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 11:48 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A Columbus man is accused of setting fire to a house and a car.

Tamarcus Thomas, 39, was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of felony arson.

Tamarcus Thomas appeared in court on Tuesday in Columbus.

According to Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton, the fires happened early Saturday morning.

The house fire happened in the 700 block of 19th Street North. It was reported to 911 at approximately 3 a.m.

The car fire, which happened in the 1200 block of Ash Street, was reported one hour later.

The two locations are approximately four blocks apart.

Shelton said no one was hurt in either fire.

"There were several things that called our attention to these fires,” the police chief said.

However, he did not provide information about the investigation.

Thomas could face more charges, and police are investigating other fire incidents.

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