Fire investigators seek info on person of interest in two arsons

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 1:09pm
Staff reports

Investigators with the Nashville Fire Department say they have identified a person of interest in the investigation into two fires since last Friday that they believe were intentionally set.

The first of those fires involved a house fire at 1305 Pillow St. on Friday, April 20, around 10:30 p.m., according to spokeswoman from the department. Investigators have determined the fire at the vacant house was intentionally set and are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed anything unusual in the area that night.

Investigators also deemed another unrelated fire to be arson, this one at 1:22 a.m. Wednesday at a home in East Nashville. That fire occurred at 1516 Jones Ave. and where there were several adults and children asleep in the home when the fire was set outside of their home.

According to a department release, an adult woke up in the Jones Avenue fire after smelling smoke and called for help. Firefighters contained the fire to the exterior of the house, and one firefighter received a minor injury.

Fire department investigators ask anyone with knowledge of these fires to call Crime Stoppers at 74-Crime or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017, which is a phone line dedicated to receiving information about suspicious and incendiary fires. It is answered 24 hours a day and those who call may remain anonymous when providing information.

Cash rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction related to the fires.