A two-story brick home outside of Ellisville burned early Tuesday and investigators have deemed it a suspicious fire. The home at 15 Arrington Road, which belongs to James and Amy Ainsworth, had not been occupied for several days, but most of their personal property and their four dogs were still at the residence, according to reports. Something that “sounded like an explosion” awakened a neighbor around 4 a.m., who went outside and saw the fire. Volunteers from South, Southwest, Moselle and Calhoun responded, and when they arrived, the home was engulfed in flames and the roof had collapsed. Mrs. Ainsworth said that three of the dogs were not accounted for. The Jones County Sheriff’s Department and AAA Ambulance Service were also on scene. The circumstance surrounding the fire are suspicious and are being investigated by Jones County Sheriff’s Department and the state fire marshal’s office.
— By PIO Dana Bumgardner/Jones County Fire Council