Authorities in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are trying to identify this man who was captured on surveillance video on Oct. 11, 2013, in the Berkshire subdivision at about the time a fire broke out. (Photos submitted)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department are asking for the public’s assistance with a fire investigation concerning the Oct. 12 early morning fire at the basketball court in the Berkshire subdivision.
Authorities have said they believe the fire, which caused several thousands dollars worth of damage, started some time between the hours of 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 5 a.m. on the morning of the fire.
However, the fire was not called in to dispatch until shortly after 5 a.m., according to Fire Department officials.
"When crews arrived on scene, the 'turtle tile,' or plastic lining, around the basketball court was on fire and had been smoldering since 10:30 the evening before," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Fire Department. "Crews extinguished the fire, but approximately half of the lining was damaged."
Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene to investigate and determined that the fire was intentionally set by an unidentified group of suspects.
Surveillance video, McDonald said, did capture at least one person setting fire to the lining.
"This individual is the main person of interest in this case," McDonald said. "There are also two other persons of interest, but their images were not available."
Residents are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867 with any information about the suspects. All callers will remain anonymous. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is also being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the persons responsible for the vandalism.