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Man Arrested After Home Catches Fire

By Joe Sullivan
By jsullivan@wbbjtv.com

During a tornado warning the Alamo Fire Department had to put out a fire at a house on Nance Road.

Alamo Fire Chief Timmy Williams said, "We got here met with heavy rain and heavy smoke so it makes fire fighting difficult put you in a difficult situation you are now battling the fire but your also battling the weather."

It appears things are not as simple as a fire on a stormy night. The home owner, Randy Williams, 57, was placed under arrest and charged with reckless endangerment and public intoxication.

Eric Uselton of the Crockett County Sheriff's Department said, "After officers got there they realized the origin of the fire and the way it originated was not the way the call came in. It was a very suspicious call."

A source told us a gas can was found inside the home. A fire marshal will determine if the blaze was a set fire.

Chief Williams has been fighting fires for 29 years. He said he has never seen a situation where the home owner claims a fire was started by lightning, yet the evidence suggests otherwise.

Williams said, "As it appears right now this does not appear to be storm related."

Randy Williams could face additional charges if it is determined the fire was arson.

Uselton said, "We have good trained officers and they know to investigate a little deeper, don't take things at face value."

"Went around the house several times and we can't find any apparent lightning damage," said Williams.

Insurance investigators will soon pay a visit to the house.
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