Vancleave man charged in barn fire

Frankie Joe Maxey. Image source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
Frankie Joe Maxey. Image source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - A barn fire Tuesday landed 59-year-old Frankie Joe Maxey, of Vancleave behind bars, according to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. about a fire at a barn and wooded area located at the 19000 block of Busby Road in Vancleave.

Byrd said a neighbor saw the fire and notified the property owner. The owner arrived and reportedly watched the suspect running away from the barn. The suspect was also seen allegedly burning a wooded area near the barn.

The barn was saved after Jackson County firefighters extinguished the fire. Byrd said there was only minimal damage to the property.

Maxey was arrested after investigators saw him driving nearby.

The suspect remains at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center pending a bail hearing in Jackson County Court.

Authorities charged Maxey with one count of arson first degree, one count of arson on a wooded area, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

If convicted, he faces up to 22 years in prison on the arson charges and a fine to cover the damages.

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