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UPDATE: Man indicted for trying to burn house with stepmother inside

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UPDATE: A Harrison County grand jury has indicted 21-year-old James Joseph Cameron in the Dec. 2 arson of a home on FM 2208 in which Harrison County sheriff's deputies say his stepmother was inside the home at the time.




HARRISON COUNTY (KYTX) -  A Harrison County man is behind bars for trying to burn his step-mother. 

Harrison County 911 operators received a call just after 4 Monday afternoon, calling for fire and police to respond to an address in the 3600 block of FM 2208. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies observed a fully engulfed fire at a mobile home. 21 year old James Cameron was standing near the burning home. 

The sheriff's department says Cameron had been in an argument with his 49-year-old stepmother Tonnya Cameron, and he had struck her. When Tonnya Cameron went to her bedroom, James Cameron poured used cooking oil inside the residence and gasoline around the back of the structure and ignited it.

Tonnya Cameron ran from the home when she realized it was on fire. EMS units at the scene treated her for smoke inhalation. She was taken to Good Shepherd Hospital. The residence was a total loss due to the fire.

James Cameron is in the Harrison County Jail on charges of assault causing bodily injury to a family member and arson causing bodily injury.

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