Vacant midtown Jackson home destroyed by fire

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MIDTOWN JACKSON — Jackson firefighters rushed to a house fire in midtown Jackson early Wednesday afternoon after a witness spotted the flames and called 911. Firefighters are calling the fire suspicious. No injuries were reported. It happened on Linden Street shortly after 12:30, and neighbors say the house had been vacant for nearly two years. Jackson Fire Captain Russell Downen said the house is a total loss but that things could have been worse if a witness hadn’t acted quickly. “We’re really appreciative for people who keep their eyes open, because if that guy had not called us we were able to get a good jump on the fire,” Downen said. Neighbors say strangers are often seen coming and going. “Homeless people and just children being unsupervised and everything as well,” Jeremy Campbell, who lives across the street, said. Campbell said after seeing the flames he saw kids running away from the house and can only imagine what the teens may have been doing. “They’re teenagers. There’s no telling. But unfortunately that’s going be your end result — the fire,” Campbell said. Downen believes the fire started on a piece of furniture inside the house. He said the utilities to the home had been cut off and the cause of the fire is still being investigated but is likely to go undetermined.

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