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Investigators Rule Fire that Killed Fire Chief Arson

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

Officials announced they have determined the fire that killed Decatur County Fire Chief Kenny Fox was arson.

"This was a set fire. This fire was a criminal act of arson," said District Attorney General, Hansel McCadams.

The announcement was made at a press conference at the Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Monday.

Firefighters were called to the Oak Hill Cafe Bar and Grill in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 7. Three firefighters, including Fox, were inside the burning building when the roof collapsed. Fox was killed, but managed to push two of his fellow firefighters, Jeremy and Randy Inman, away and save their lives.

Now that the State Fire Marshal's office has determined the fire was an act of arson, District Attorney General Hansel McCadams said the case will be pursued as a capital first degree felony murder and aggravated arson.

"We do not have what we will call suspects, but we have interviewed witnesses pursuing persons of interest that's all we can say at this point," said McCadams. "We're still getting leads from the public and were tracking down all of those leads."

Anyone with information pertaining to the fire and who set it is asked to call the Statewide Arson Hotline at 1 (800) 762-3017. A reward is available for information in this case.