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Evidence points to arson at Van Buren Rescue Squad
Back door kicked in before fire
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A van inside the Van Buren Rescue Squad building is covered in ash following a Valentine’s Day fire.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has inspected the Van Buren Rescue Squad building at 344 McCoy Street in Spencer, which was the scene of an early morning fire on Valentine’s Day. 

Shannon Ferguson, a member of the Rescue Squad and secretary stated, “There are many indications that the fire was intentionally set. Somebody kicked in the back door to get in.”   

It appears that items inside the building were used to ignite a fire that caused extensive smoke damage to items stored inside the structure. Many of the items that were destroyed were items that were collected donations for a planned yard sale fundraiser to help fund the Rescue Squad. 

While the rescue team awaits the final report of the arson investigation, a sign has been posted on the exterior of the building as a request for any information regarding the fire. If anyone has information regarding the details of the incident, contact the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.