Three fires in Union County called 'suspicious'

Three fires in Union County called 'suspicious'

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The fires are located in an area near Dan Shumate Road at Walkers Ford Road, east of Maynardville. The fires are located in an area near Dan Shumate Road at Walkers Ford Road, east of Maynardville.
One of the fires has burned about 20 acres of trees. One of the fires has burned about 20 acres of trees.
The three fires were within three miles of each other in Union County. The three fires were within three miles of each other in Union County.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - Fire and forestry crews were called early Thursday to fight three fires in Union County.

All of the fires started shortly after two in the morning. Two wildfires were reported less than a mile apart in Luttrell off of Texas Hollow Road, and one barn fire was reported in the Paulette community on Hickory Valley Road.

"We had people down here getting lines around them, getting them under control," said Northeast Union Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gordon Sartain. "Forestry is over here helping us."

Volunteer firefighters from five different departments came to battle the fires.

Chief Sartain says the origin of the fires is still under investigation.

"They're very suspicious in nature, since they tend to happen in different parts of the county at the same time," said Chief Sartain. "If anybody has information on it, we sure would like to know."

The fires in Luttrell burned more than 20 acres of trees. The fires got up to 700 feet to one home.

"I'm afraid it will catch my house on fire or somebody else's," said Luttrell resident Kathy Atkins.

The barn in Paulette was destroyed.

Fire crews say all the fires are under control, but not completely out. They will be monitoring hot spots all day Thursday.

If you have any information on these fires, you are asked to call the Union County Sheriff's Office at 865-992-5212.

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