Two inmates who reportedly started a fire in their cell were charged with first-degree arson Thursday.

Sheriff John Christian said Zachary Scott Clark, 20, and Jeremy Todd Olinger, 27, started a small fire in their cell. In a report, Deputy Brent Rhoads said Olinger and Clark indicated they started the fire because officials wouldn’t take care of their complaints.

Olinger and Clark were removed from their cell where jailers later found burned material. The inmates were placed back in their cell and reportedly broke a sprinkler head that flooded the cell, as well as an entire pod.

Clark and Olinger were placed on permanent lockdown to keep them away from other inmates who were upset at having to clean up the mess.

The pair appeared in district court Thursday and were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and arson. Bond was set at $500,000 each.

Clark and Olinger had been sentenced to serve time in prison and were waiting to be placed in the custody of Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Christian said if convicted of the charges, Olinger and Clark could each face up to 35 years for the arson and 10 for conspiracy.

“(I) would like all law abiding citizens of Pontotoc County, all current inmates and any future inmates of the Pontotoc County Justice Center to know, I will vigorously pursue charges being filed and restitution being paid for any damages to the Justice Center,” Christian said Thursday. “This conduct will not be allowed.”

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