Ottawa Citizen

Fire chief, volunteer firefighte­rs charged in arsons


TIPTONVILL­E, Tennessee • The town’s fire chief and three volunteer firefighte­rs, including the chief’s grandson, appeared in court yesterday on arson charges arising from a string of fires over the past two years.

The men, all members of the Tiptonvill­e Volunteer Fire Department, were arrested Monday. All four were in the Lake County jail yesterday afternoon after a judge set bond at $ 100,000 U. S. for Fire Chief James Blackburn and $ 25,000 or more for the others.

Police Chief Norman Rhodes said the probe had been going on for about two years. “ We’ve been pretty sure who it was for about the last year,” he said.

All the buildings were vacant when they were set on fire and no one was hurt.

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