Metro officials suspect arson for apparently unrelated fires

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 2:55pm

Two overnight, and apparently unrelated, fires have raised the suspicions of Metro arson investigators.

Investigators with the Nashville Fire Department believe the two fires — one on Hawk View Court near Village Trail and one on Edith Avenue in East Nashville — were intentionally set, according to a release from the Nashville Fire Department.

Fire crews responded to the first fire at a vacant duplex at 302 Hawk View Court at 11:18 Monday night to find heavy flames engulfing the building. About six hours later, the fire department was called back to Hawk View Court when the duplex was again ablaze.

Fire severely damaged the same building in April and investigators believe all three fires were arson related.

Tuesday morning at 3:47, the fire department responded to another fire they believe was intentionally set at 307 Edith Ave. There were 11 people in the home when the fire started, including two adults and nine children (two of the children were overnight guests).

Fire department officials said no one was injured in the Edith blaze despite not having a working smoke detector in the home.

Officials ask anyone with information about the fires at these locations is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-Crime or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. Cash rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction related to the fires.

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