MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A former fire and codes inspector has been charged with arson after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says she started a fire at a historic Madisonville home in late August.
TBI fire investigators worked with the Madisonville Police Department to investigate the Aug. 30 fire at the historic Kefauver House in Madisonville, a mid-19th century house that was the childhood home of former Tennessee Senator and 1956 Vice Presidential candidate Estes Kefauver.
Then-Fire and Codes Inspector Sara Vanlandingham, of Vonore, was identified as the individual responsible through the course of the investigation. Vanlandingham, 43, is no longer employed as a fire and codes inspector, according to a TBI release.
A Monroe County grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 6 charging her with one count of arson. She was arrested the same day an booked into the Monroe County Jail on a $50,000 bond.