Reward offered for information regarding Oak Ridge fires

Reward offered for information regarding Oak Ridge fires

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Around $10,000 in damage is estimated to have been done in this fire near Linden Elementary School.(Source: ORFD) Around $10,000 in damage is estimated to have been done in this fire near Linden Elementary School.(Source: ORFD)
Oak Ridge Fire Department has responded to at least two brush fires believed to have been intentionally set in the last 30 days. (Source: ORFD) Oak Ridge Fire Department has responded to at least two brush fires believed to have been intentionally set in the last 30 days. (Source: ORFD)

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - A reward is now being offered by the Oak Ridge Fire Department for information on an individual(s) who could've possibly set three fires in the area of Linden Elementary School over the past 30 days.

Fire Chief Darryl Kerley said Sunday that they now have reason to believe that one car fire and two other wood fires were set intentionally.

Kerley says they have received reports from multiple persons about kids seen leaving the area of these ignition points.

"Arsonists, including children who are unaware of the dangers of setting fires in the woods, are dangerous individuals, who not only cost our community money, but also endanger the lives of our firefighters who respond and extinguish these fires and place other property owners at risk," Chief Kerley said in a press release. "We will continue to investigate every fire in Oak Ridge and intend to prosecute, to the full extent of the law, those individuals who intentionally start fires." 

ORFD is offering a $100 reward locally to anyone that comes forward with information that leads to an arrest. The state may offer up to $1000 to any caller who provides information that leads to an arrest through the arson hotline.

The car that was vandalized was inside a locked area, and Kerley says the lock was cut. No structures have been effected in any of the three fires.

An exact dollar amount in damage has not been assessed at this time, but Kerley believes around $10,000 of damage was done to the vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding these fires is asked to call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017 or the Oak Ridge Fire Department at 865-425-3520.

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