Published: April 24, 2007
Seven homes were damaged or destroyed during a suspected arson fire that started on Tammy Sue Lane in La Vergne last night.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Ricky McCormick, one home was totally burned to the ground. It was fully engulfed when fire fighters arrived less than three minutes after the 8:46 p.m. call. Another home, to the left of the destroyed home was also partially destroyed and will probably have to be torn down, McCormick said. A third home on the street was damaged, but may be able to be saved.
Four more homes, on the back side of Tammy Sue Lane were damaged with melted siding.
This morning, La Vergne Fire Marshal Mark Sells brought out his arson dog, Maude, to search the homes for accelerants. She alerted on four places in the home that was destroyed. She is only one of 64 arson dogs certified by the ATF in the country.
The weather played a major factor in last night's fire fighting.
"Wind was a big issue last night," McCormick said. "I'm surprised we were able to stop it when we did."
There have been between six and eight fires in the Lake Forest Subdivision -- one of the biggest, if not the biggest, subdivision in the state. Last night, La Vergne Police Department officers were looking for two juvenile males for questioning in connection with last night's fire.
"There are so many kids in the area and it's hard to determine which were accidental and which were delibertly set, McCormick said of the numerous fires. There was not electricity running to any of the home burned last night, so that is not a factor in the investigation.
The homes were in the process of being built by Mid-Cumberland Builders of Murfreesboro.