KINGSTON, Tenn. (WATE) — Authorities are seeking an arson suspect after a wildfire in Roane County garnered response from crews and was reportedly burning off Edwards Road near Harriman overnight into Monday morning.
A release from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office stated that on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., deputies responded to a man making threats to burn a house down. Before deputies arrived the man, later identified as s Billy Wright of Harriman, ran into the woods and set several fires.
The Tennessee Wildland Fire public viewer website, which monitors wildfires, states that the wildfire reached 22 acres in size. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said the majority of the fire was contained.
Wright has been charged with aggravated arson. RSCO said as of 10 a.m., he is not in custody at this time.
While fighting the fire, a bulldozer operator with the Forestry Division was injured when his equipment turned over. RCSO said the operator’s injuries were not life-threatening. He was transported to Roane Medical Center for evaluation.
Roane County EMS director Tim Suter confirmed with WATE 6 On Your Side that there are homes in the area but the fire was not a threat to the residences as of early Monday morning.
The Tennessee Division of Forestry also has a crew out at the fire working to get it under control. RSCO said the majority of the fire was contained and no structures were damaged.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.