Fire officials ask for info in suspected arson in Red Oak

Published 1:45 am Saturday, October 29, 2016

The State Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed Friday it is working with the Covington County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the cause and origin of a fire in the Red Oak Community last Friday, and is asking the local community to come forward with any information they may have about the suspected arson.

Local law enforcement officials believe the fire started during a burglary at a residence on Glen Chambers Road.

Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks told the Star-News Monday afternoon that Jon Michael White was captured by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office after a 2.5-week crime spree that includes the a potential arson on Glen Chambers Road.

“He went on a rampage,” Meeks said. “Late Friday afternoon, he burglarized a home on Glen Chambers Road and then set the place on fire.”

Holmes said Friday that State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen confirmed that it appears the fire started during the commission of a burglary.

“Because of the nature of this investigation, few details are being released at this time, however, if anyone has contributing information concerning this or any other suspicious fire, they may contact the Alabama Arson Hotline at 800-654-0775 or,” Holmes said.