Inmate faces arson charges in jail fire

Christopher James Mathis
Christopher James Mathis

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A small fire at an East Texas jail has one inmate now facing arson charges.

Christopher James Mathis, 30, of Longview has been charged with Arson. Gregg County authorities say Tuesday afternoon, Mathis at the Gregg County jail, allegedly stuck a pencil into a TV's electrical socket on the jail's 7th floor, igniting a mattress.

17 inmates were evacuated to the jail's gymnasium.

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