NASHVILLE (press release)—State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators say preliminary results into the cause of a Sunday, Jan. 11 fire at 920 County Road 316 in Niota, Tenn. appear to be suspicious in nature.
Investigators are ruling this fire “incendiary” in its nature and origin for now and are still seeking information about its cause.
After an emergency 911 call on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., firefighters from Union Grove Volunteer Fire and the McMinn County Rescue Squad discovered a burning recreational vehicle (RV) as well as a burning car garage near the RV at 920 County Road 316.
The fire was extinguished and the property owners were interviewed. The owners had been out of town at the time of the incident.
The Union Grove Fire Hall, which also shares this address was not damaged during the fire.
Concerned persons who might have more information about the cause of this fire are urged to call the Arson Hot Line (1-800-762-3017). The Arson Hot Line is dedicated to receiving information about suspicious and incendiary fires and is answered 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information. Cash rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction.