KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Investigators have determined that a fatal apartment fire in West Knox County that happened on November 15 was intentionally set, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office released on Wednesday, December 6 that KCSO fire investigators determined that the fatal fire that happened in the 2900 block of Jacobs Way was intentionally started. According to KCSO, there will not be any charges filed in the case because the suspect was identified as the man who was found dead after the fire.
KCSO identified the deceased as Michael L. Pelletier, 37, of Knoxville.
KCSO’s Fire Investigation Unit and Major Crimes Unit investigated the fatal fire that occurred around 8:30 a.m. on November 15 at Forest Ridge Apartments located in the Karns/Hardin Valley area.
Fire Investigators were dispatched to reports of an apartment fire at Forest Ridge Apartments in the 2900 block of Tyler Jacob Way at around 8:30 a.m. along with Karns Fire Department.
The deceased was taken to the Knox County Regional Forensics Center for examination, a KCSO spokesperson said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with new information.