Arson suspected in string of Union County fires

9:50 PM, Oct 6, 2012   |    comments
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Union County officials are searching for the person they believe set six separate fires in six days.

The most recent two happened early Saturday morning.

The first was a barn fire on Hog Skin road around 1:45 a.m. The second fire broke out a few minutes later at a barn just a few miles away on Kettle Hollow Road, according to Gordon Sartain, chief of the Northeast Union Volunteer Fire Department.

The chief says the fires began about six days ago, and firefighters from several districts across the county have worked them for all but one night.

The fires, which the chief believes have been intentionally set, have destroyed two mobile homes, a house, and three barns, all of which have been unoccupied.

And while no one has been hurt, Chief Sartain worries that could change if officials don't catch the person or people responsible. He points out that one of Saturday morning's barn fires was just 75 feet from a home where people were living.

Ted Seals was one Union County resident who lost his barn Saturday morning.  He said the fire cost him more than $45,000 in damages. 

"It serves no purpose, there's no reason behind it," he said.

Seals told 10News he would likely not rebuild.

Another Union County resident, less than 5 miles away, also had his barn his suffer.  Bill Vancel said he was saddened to see what happened.

"It was just like the whole barn exploded into flames," Vancel said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Union County Sheriff's Office at 865-992-4062. Callers can remain anonymous.

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