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$5000 Reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Arson suspects


A 5000-dollar reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of two arson suspects in Madison county.

Three arsons were committed at the Browns Ruritan Community Center around noon on Saturday.

One of the firefighters at station 12 heard a noise coming from behind the community center. When they went to check it out, they found the first fire.

The Madison County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department were investigating the first fire when a second one broke out.

“While we were there conducting an investigation, [we] realized that there was another fire burning with inside the building,” said Fire Chief Eric Turner.

Madison county fire chief Eric Turner says after they put out the second fire, yet another fire was discovered in the basement of the building.

The chief says the fact that two of the fires were set while the fire fighters were in the building makes the charge aggravated arson which carries a much heavier penalty.

“While they went to extinguish the third fire in the basement the guys ran out of the building and took off across the field," said Madison county Fire Investigator Brian Kemp.

Kemp said that two suspects ran away, “We don’t really have a motive at this time, or why someone would go to the extent that they did, but it’s very concerning for us as first responders to be on the scene and someone to be that intent on setting a fire.”

Kemp said the damage was a lot less than it could have been, “No structural damage, mostly cosmetic, it was caught pretty soon.”

If you have any information regarding the arson or can identify the suspects call the Tennessee Arson Hotline (1-800-762-3017)

The suspects are at large and the TBI continues their investigation.

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