Man arrested in connection to third fire at Mississippi furniture factory

Published 2:29 pm Friday, February 15, 2019

A man has been arrested in connection with the third fire in just over a year at a northeast Mississippi furniture factory.

Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask isn’t yet releasing a name or any charges in relation to Thursday’s blaze at American Furniture in Ecru.

Mask says employees saw a man and followed him down the road, leading to the arrest.

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News outlets report dozens of firefighters responded to fires discovered in two warehouses. Company officials estimate more than 5,000 pieces of finished furniture were destroyed. Gusty winds and a lack of fire hydrants frustrated efforts to control the fire.

American Furniture was also hit by arson in October and by a fire of unknown cause in January 2018.

Company officials say no employees were injured.