Deadly fire in Greeneville being investigated as arson, homicide

Deadly fire in Greeneville being investigated as arson, homicide

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Greeneville Police Chief Mark Foulks said a Greeneville police officer was on patrol when he saw smoke coming from a home at 1117 W. Main St. Greeneville Police Chief Mark Foulks said a Greeneville police officer was on patrol when he saw smoke coming from a home at 1117 W. Main St.

GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A Sunday morning fire at a home on West Main Street in Greeneville, which claimed the life of a woman and critically injured a man, was being investigated by authorities as an arson and a homicide Monday afternoon, according to a Town of Greeneville news release.

Greeneville Police Chief Mark Foulks said a Greeneville police officer was on patrol when he saw smoke coming from a home at 1117 W. Main St.

Two officers reportedly went into the home, found a man, Roger Dewayne Aiken, near the door and were able to safely get him out of the home.

When firefighters arrived, they found a woman inside the home who had died. The woman was later identified as Elizabeth Cooter.

Aiken was taken to Johnson City Medical Center and was said to be in critical condition Monday.

"It is believed the arson was committed after both individuals received injuries," according to the release. "Several individuals have been questioned, and additional information from the public is solicited. The investigation is continuing with the Greeneville Police Department and Greeneville Fire Department, State Bomb and Arson, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation."

The injuries to both Cooter and Aiken were not being released, as to not compromise the ongoing investigation.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has also been assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with any information about the fire is asked to call Greeneville Police Department's tip line at 783-2868.

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