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Authorities search for serial arsonist

Authorities search for serial arsonist
Special to the Press
Martin Fire Chief Jamie Summers said his department, the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are still investigating three recent vacant house fires.
“We are still trying to put together something,” Summers said.
The three fires currently under investigation are: 510 Public Wells Road (March 29); 713 Rowlett Road (March 31); and 1974 Cypress Creek Road (April 3).
Seventeen Martin firefighters responded to a vacant house on Cypress Creek Road this at 8:56 p.m. this past Wednesday.
“When we arrived on the scene the house was fully involved,” Summers said.
“This fire fits the same details as the others,” Summers said. “We are working diligently to figure this out.”
All three fires were at wood-frame structures and all three structures were vacant and did not have utilities present.
There are currently less than 200 abandoned houses in Weakley County according to assessor of property David Tuck.
Noting the similarities of the fires and the fact that all fires were within the City of Martin Fire Department rural coverage area, authorities are asking that if the public has any information about the fires call Weakley County Crime Stoppers at (731) 587-2611.
A reward could be issued to the person responsible for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime in the community.
Also, citizens can call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017 for any information about these fires.
All calls are confidential with both the Crimestoppers Tipline and the Tennessee Arson Hotline.
Published in The WCP 4.9.13

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