Firefighters suspect arson in five Sevierville house fires

Firefighters suspect arson in five Sevierville house fires

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Firefighters received a report of a brush fire just before 3:45 a.m. on Apple Ridge Way, between Candy Tuft and Lawrence. Firefighters received a report of a brush fire just before 3:45 a.m. on Apple Ridge Way, between Candy Tuft and Lawrence.
About 60 firefighters were needed to put out the fires. About 60 firefighters were needed to put out the fires.
No one was living in any of the homes at the time of the fires, so no evacuations were necessary. No one was living in any of the homes at the time of the fires, so no evacuations were necessary.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Sevierville fire crews battled fires early Monday at several different homes. Fire officials say the fires appear to be set intentionally.

Firefighters received a report of a brush fire just before 3:45 a.m. on Apple Ridge Way, between Candy Tuft and Lawrence.

When they arrived, they found one house fully engulfed in flames.

"Almost immediately after they started fighting this fire they noticed the house behind us was also on fire and then so forth all the way down the hill," said Bob Stahlke, spokesperson for the City of Sevierville.   

About 60 firefighters were needed to put out the fires.

Arson is suspected because each fire appeared to be independently started.

"This was not a situation where one home was on fire and jumped to the other ones," said Stahlke.

No one was living in any of the homes at the time of the fires, so no evacuations were necessary.

According to the deeds on record for the properties, all five homes are owned by the same person and were purchased at a foreclosure auction back in 2005.

Officials say if they didn't get the call when they did, things could have turned out much differently.

"If all five homes had been fully engulfed like this one with all this foliage and timber around us it certainly could have been much worse," said Stahlke.

As of 6:55 a.m. Monday, all five fires were put out. Two homes are considered a total loss, and the other three have mostly smoke and water damage.

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