JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Fire Department arrested and charged a man with arson for setting the old Holiday Inn on fire Wednesday night.
James Townsend, 52, was arrested by Jackson Fire Department Arson Investigator for intentionally setting the fire at the hotel.
The hotel was vacant at the time of the fire according to Cleotha Sanders, the Division Fire Chief of the JFD Office of Fire Investigations.
Firefighters entered the structure and reported it clear before extinguishing the fire.
The scene was under control by 8:49 p.m.
The hotel is located on the 2600 block of Highway 80.