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Arsonist strikes
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A serial arsonist is suspected in a rash of fires which gutted a store, a house and a trailer Saturday night on Viola Road, burning out a family while they were at the fair.
The property, belonging to Bobby Jaco, sustained an estimated $200,000 worth of damage and has prompted an investigation by the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office after evidence at the scene suggests the fires were intentionally set.
Viola and Morrison firefighters were called to the scene at 10:45 p.m. Saturday after flames were seen coming from the store/ laundry located near the entrance to Mt. View Trailer Court on Viola Road (Highway 108). Firefighters found the business already engulfed in flames when they arrived and began working to douse the fire.
It was during their work to subdue the store fire that someone noticed smoke pouring from the brick house about 30 yards away. At that point, firemen turned their attention to the house. They were able to the save the structure from going to the ground, although it was gutted.
Jaco and his family returned home from the fair to find firefighters battling the fires. They had been at the fair since late afternoon.
While the house was saved from burning to the ground, the store was not so fortunate as it was a total loss for the second time in two years. After the previous fire, the store was rebuilt and reopened.
As firemen were working on the house fire, yells came from a spectator saying a trailer just a few yards from the house was on fire. Firefighters came running and found a small fire had been set inside the small trailer using some crude accelerant. The trailer fire was easily extinguished.
Fire investigators have been in town the past couple days following up on leads. However, no one had been charged as of press time Tuesday.