Woman accused of arson after receiving eviction notice

Inez Hinton. Image source: Picayune Police Department.
Inez Hinton. Image source: Picayune Police Department.

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - A house fire on Weems Street in Picayune Wednesday morning landed the woman who lived there behind bars. According to Assistant Chief of Police Jeremy Magri, 47-year-old Inez Hinton had received an eviction notice that day and later her house was on fire.

Magri said Hinton is accused of intentionally setting four separate fires in her home.

"It appeared paper and old household items were used in the fire. Detectives also saw burnt matches by the residence," Magri said. "The suspect also gave a couple of conflicting stories."

A witness told police Hinton rode off on a bike shortly after the fire started. Magri said Hinton came back to the house while firefighters were still there and asked how quickly it would take to get a report done so she could give it to the Red Cross.  But, Hinton denies the arson and claims someone she owed money to had threatened to burn her house down if she didn't pay up.

No injuries were reported. Police say they believe Hinton lived alone. Hinton was charged with felony arson. She was booked at the Picayune Police Department and later released on a $20,000 bond.

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