Investigation continues into arson at neighboring businesses

Investigation continues into arson at neighboring South Knoxville businesses

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The fire happened March 4 at the Second Generation Tattoo Shop and the Savway Tobacco Store. The fire happened March 4 at the Second Generation Tattoo Shop and the Savway Tobacco Store.
The fire started in the back corner of the tattoo shop. The fire started in the back corner of the tattoo shop.
"We were able to detect there was an accelerant used," said Knoxville Fire Department spokesman D.J. Corcoran. "We were able to detect there was an accelerant used," said Knoxville Fire Department spokesman D.J. Corcoran.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Arson investigators say they are tracking down several leads into the cause of a fire that severely damaged a long-standing Knoxville business and another that was set to open just days after the fire broke out. 

Firefighters spent hours battling flames on March 4 at the Second Generation Tattoo Shop and the Savway Tobacco Store.

Investigators say the fire that damaged the neighboring businesses was intentionally set.

"We were able to detect there was an accelerant used," said Knoxville Fire Department spokesman D.J. Corcoran.

The fire started in the back corner of the tattoo shop, a business that was set to have its grand opening just days after the fire broke out.

"That's where the fire was," Corcoran said. "The point of origin was determined to be, was in the tattoo parlor."

With the help of an arson dog investigators found traces of an accelerant.

"[The dog] has been trained to sniff out accelerant's, so she was able to detect an accelerant was used in this fire," he said.

Corcoran says identifying the cause as arson is the easy part. The challenge now is finding the motive and the person responsible.

"There have been no arrests that have been made and its still under investigation," he said.

Investigators are conducting interviews, but Corcoran was tight-lipped about details because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

"There is evidence. I'm not allowed to elaborate on the evidence because it is still under investigation."

Gladys Riley, a co-owner of the tattoo parlor, says they are devastated by news that someone intentionally set the fire, especially because so many people worked hard to get the store ready for its grand opening.

The opening has been put on hold indefinitely.

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