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A Jasper County man is in custody after allegedly setting his mother’s trailer home on fire.

Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Barnes of Newburg is charged with second degree arson. A 911 call notified authorities of the fire at 15208 Palmer Avenue just before noon Saturday.

The caller said Barnes lit the fire and ran from the home.

Authorities searched for Barnes and found him several hours later walking down a gravel road about 2 ½ miles from the fire scene.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the fire.