Suspicious Fire in Jackson

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson police are investigating a fire that destroyed a west Jackson home early Friday morning after firefighters called the blaze suspicious. Fire officials said they responded to a house fire on Hatton Street around 9 a.m. Friday . When they arrived, investigators said the house had heavy smoke and fire moving quickly throughout the home. Investigators said the fire spread fast because of high winds. If it had not have been for the quick response, fire officials said other neighboring homes could have been in the path of danger. “The high winds could have caused more damage but our guys are extremely good and were able to bring it under control quickly,” said Deputy Chief David Dillingham, Jackson Fire Dept. “I currently got a friend that stays next door to the fire,” neighbor Darrell Spear said. “I’m just glad him and his family happened to be gone at work and they’re safe.” Fire fighters said the blaze started toward the back of the home. Officials said the homeowners were in the process of moving out. “They extinguished the fire with no injury, no one was living here at the time, they had just moved out. The fire at this point is under investigation and it is suspicious in origin,” Deputy Chief Dillingham said. Investigators said they were able to rule out water, gas and electric utilities as possible starts. On scene officials said they couldn’t tell if the fire was arson. Crime scene investigators were seen gathering evidence from the fire scene for further lab testing. “We have to weed out all factors to what could have possibly caused it and obviously what is left over is a good starting point to find out what really set it,” Deputy Chief Dillingham said. Neighbors told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they want answers. They are asking for residents to keep a close eye out for any suspicious activity. “I just think that people, neighbors need to watch more and keep a close eye on something possibly that could be happening here,” Spear said. Anyone with information that could help authorities solve this case is asked to call Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8744 (TIPS).

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