Southeast Tennessee man charged with setting fires

Associated Press - Editor's note: This article was published on November 11, 2016. Jason Harvey was charged with an incident in Sequatchie County, not Sevier County. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in Sevier County. 

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Officials say they have made an arrest in a large brush fire in southern Tennessee.

Jason Harvey with the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office said on Friday that Andrew Scott Lewis of Chattanooga is charged with three counts of setting fire to person property and one count of vandalism over $250,000.

The charges are in connection to blazes set this week in the Smith Mountain and Blue Sewanee Mountain areas outside Chattanooga that have burned 300 acres and threatened several homes.

Harvey said Lewis was developed as a suspect based on a tip from a citizen. He said Lewis was taken into custody on Thursday and admitted to starting the fires.

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