An early morning fire that destroyed a home in Westwood has been deemed suspicious as law enforcement officials continue to investigate.
The fire destroyed the home at 110 Arrowhead Drive. It was reported around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, May 2.
“When we got there it was fully involved and through the roof,” said McMinnville Fire Chief Kendall Mayfield. “The roof was already starting to collapse so we didn’t go in. We fought it from the outside. When we got it out and went in to look around, our firefighters thought it was suspicious so they turned it over to the police.”
McMinnville Police detective Todd Rowland said the resident of the house, a woman, was out of town at the time of the fire with her boyfriend. They were reportedly spending the weekend in Nashville. No one was injured in the blaze.
When the woman returned home she noticed her car was no longer in the garage.
“We think the car was stolen from the garage and the home was burned after that,” said Rowland. “If we can find the car, it would go a long way to getting some more answers.”
The car is a gray 2010 Toyota Corolla. The TBI has been called to assist in the investigation.
“The TBI took samples from the bedroom and those have been submitted to the crime lab,” said Rowland. “We’re also still collecting videos from nearby houses to see if we can determine what happened. The TBI hasn’t ruled it arson yet.”