LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Following a year-long investigation, an Angelina County grand jury has indicted a Lufkin man who is already in prison on six counts of arson in connection to the North Lufkin fires in November 2012.
The indictment shows Stanford Jones, 32, is indicted for six counts of arson and the offense dates are Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, 2012. This matches the dates of the suspected arsons in North Lufkin.
Jones was arrested on Nov. 15, 2012, on a revocation of probation warrant. He is now serving time in prison on that warrant, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice records.
The fires started at 4:50 a.m. Nov. 13, when a homeowner in the 900 block of O'Quinn Avenue woke up after he heard something hit his house. He went outside and saw a stick on fire against his house. He put the fire out and called police.
The next fire was called in around 5:21 a.m. at a vacant, boarded-up house in the 1400 block of Keltys Street. It started on the back of the house, and the fire gutted it. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to put it out.
While firefighters were working that fire, they learned of a third fire in the 1000 block of Hosea Dolphus Avenue. A pickup truck in behind a residence had some lumber and trash in it, and someone set it ablaze. Firefighters were able to put it out quickly.
Three more structures burned near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Keltys Street that morning.
The fifth fire occurred the morning of Nov. 15 at the back door of Owen's Club at 815 Keltys St.
The sixth fire was the same day when a board was set on fire in the carport area of a vacant home at 714 Cottonbelt St. A Lufkin Police officer saw the smoke and moved the board away from the home.
Prosecuting attorney Elmer Beckworth was not immediately available for comment.