BREAKING: Apartment Fire Ruled Arson; One in Custody

Jarrod Jamar Thomas, 22

UPDATE:  One man has been arrested in the early morning apartment fire at 351 Azalea Rd.

After an investigation, Mobile fire determined the cause of the fire was arson.  Jarrod Jamar Thomas, 22-years old, was the only resident not accounted for at the complex.

When Thomas was located, he confessed to setting the fire that damaged at least 25 units leaving dozens homeless.

Thomas was charged with Arson 1st because the building was occupied.

Here are some of the comments Thomas said on why he started the fire.

When asked if he feels bad about leaving so many people with-out a home Thomas said, “Not really because they all could be in the same spot I’m in. You know, they could get a nice bed in jail tonight.”

He was asked why he started the fire and responded with, “Just being myself and expressing how I feel.”  When asked why he felt that way he said, “you know I’m a very emotional guy when it comes to females so…”  he was then asked if the fire was started because of a girl, he responded saying, “not literally but you know.”

Thomas claims starting the fire was probably worth it.

“There would be many ways to say sorry, but I probably can’t speak all the languages that probably makes somebody feel adorned or you know, whatever that may be.”

Thomas also said “God Bless.”

Original Story

(WKRG) — An overnight three alarm fire is under investigation as firefighters continue to put out hot spots. One person is unaccounted for but it is unclear if they were home when the fire happened.

It happened at an apartment complex located at 351 Azalea Road, with the first call coming in just before four o’clock this morning.

Two more engines were eventually called in.

At least 25 apartments were destroyed along with everything inside. Pictures from the scene show piles of rubble and ash that were once the residents’ belongings.

It’s unclear how the fire started or which apartment but it appears to have started on the second floor.

No injuries were reported.


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