Jackson police investigating numerous fires Monday evening

    Authorities are investigating several fires that broke out in Jackson Monday evening.

    Between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., officers responded to five incidents involving either a pile of leaves or brush, or both, ablaze, police said. 

    The fires were reported on Rachel Court, East Pleasant Grove Road, near the intersection of Beatrice Lane and Perrineville Road, and Willys Lane, according to police.

    Then shortly after 10 p.m., police responded to a report of a structure fire at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari, discovering that an animal barn was fully engulfed in flames, police said.

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    No animals were inside the barn, according to park spokeswoman Kristin B. Siebeneicher.

    Shortly after firefighters extinguished the animal barn fire, a news helicopter reported several small brush fires about a quarter mile from the scene, police said. 

    Witnesses describe a potential suspect as a white male in his late thirties to early forties with possible facial hair, wearing a baggy dark colored sweatshirt and riding a BMX-style bike, according to police.

    Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to contact Jackson Police Det. Scott Conover at (732) 833-3010 or (732) 928-1111.

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