String of Sevier County fires break out in 12-hour period

String of Sevier County fires break out in 12-hour period

Posted: Updated: May 16, 2013 06:04 PM
The fire broke out Thursday morning around 2:00 a.m. at 759 Goose Gap Road. The fire broke out Thursday morning around 2:00 a.m. at 759 Goose Gap Road.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - The Sevier County Sheriff's Department is investigating a series of suspicious fires that happened Wednesday into Thursday morning.

According to Det. J.J. Breeden, the first fire broke out around 4 p.m. Wednesday at two abandoned cabins along DuPont Springs Road. Those fires later led to a field fire.

"The two fires on bluff mountain are very suspicious," said Breeden. "At this point, there was no power to the home."

Only 10 miles away, another fire was reported at at a farmhouse in the 700 block of Goose Gap Road. Authorities say it happened around 2 a.m. Thursday, and crews battled the flames for hours.

The structures are all abandoned, but the owner of the two-story farmhouse says it's been in his family since the 1970s.

"It's sickening, it makes you sick," said Frank Gibbons, the farmhouse's owner.

A mobile home fire along Waldens Creek that also occurred around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, but the cause was ruled to be electrical.

No one was injured in any of the incidents.

Investigators spent Thursday searching for clues in the rubble. Their next step will be to bring in an accelerant canine to the scene.

 

 

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