Man arrested after allegedly setting fire to house with family inside

Authorities say his family was able to escape - and for a time so was the suspect. But he was soon taken into custody after a multi-county manhunt.

WHITE COUNTY, Ga – A man has been arrested after allegedly setting fire to a house with his wife and children inside.

Police said Jeffrey Jones was arrested in White County without incident Saturday afternoon.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said that Jones set the fire early Saturday morning after an argument with his wife. The Habersham County house belonged to his mother, Terrell told 11Alive’s Deborah Tuff.

"We also believe he had been drinking," Terrell said. 

Jones first set the couple's bedroom closet on fire, Terrell said. His wife noticed the fire and got the couple's children out of the house. Jones then, according to police, set the front of the house on fire and then fled the scene in a 2012 blue Ford Focus.

Jones was considered armed and dangerous and was believed to be in possession of two guns.

"He had pulled a weapon on police in the past," Terrell said, "and we were considering him armed and dangerous."

Police were able to locate the car using the vehicle's GPS tracking system. 

Officials were uncertain as to how much of the house was damaged in the fire.

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