Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 6, 2013

Arson ruled in house fire

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — Crossville Fire Department and Police investigators are continuing their investigation into a house fire Tuesday night that they believe was deliberately set, according to reports filed by the fire department.

Investigators are continuing to check out leads they have received, and one initial report had two men seen leaving the scene in a hurry just before the fire was discovered.

The fire was reported at 462 Old Jamestown Hwy. Tuesday shortly before 8:30 p.m. Crossville Police responded with firefighters and reported the residence had flames showing through the front door and windows.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly, but because of an unknown accelerant, the fire rekindled several times and had to be extinguished with foam that is normally used to fight gasoline and similar sourced fires.

The house had been recently purchased by James Bryson and was unoccupied with no furnishings inside. Bryson told investigators that there was no electricity or gas service to the structure.

Firefighters remained on the scene for over two hours as investigators were called. The scene was taped off and the investigation remains active.

Arson investigator Rick Myers is heading up the investigation.