Man arrested, charged after major fire at the McComb Railroad Depot

Markez Delmont Smith
Markez Delmont Smith(McComb Police Department)
Published: May. 30, 2021 at 6:36 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 11:24 AM CDT
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MCCOMB, Miss. (WLBT) - A man has been charged with first degree arson, according to the McComb Police Department.

MCD says Markez Delmont Smith, 20, of McComb was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters say much of the McComb Railroad Depot was destroyed in the fire. However, crews say they were able to save most of the artifacts in the portion of the depot dedicated to the McComb Railroad Museum.

“It got some smoke, water, and heat damage, but we were able to save the artifacts,” said McComb Deputy Fire Chief Jason Howell.

Crews were still putting out hot spots mid-Sunday afternoon.

The building is located on North Railroad Boulevard. It serves as a railroad depot for Amtrack, as well as a meeting place for a local civic organization and tourism area, Powell said.

Howell estimates that between 65 to 70 percent of the building is lost.

“The north end was a total loss,” he said. “The fire got in the attic and more of the attic burned than the museum. We were able to get the fire stopped before it burnt all of that.”

McComb Fire Department was assisted in its response by the Summit, Fernwood, and Sunny Hill volunteer departments.

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