The Westmoreland Fire Department, along with mutual aid from the Lafayette Fire Department, responded to a suspicious structure fire at 844 Howell Road, in the western section of Macon County, near the Sumner County line, early Friday morning, February 18th, which destroyed the home occupied by William and Michelle Fann.According to Chief Mark Jenkins, of Westmoreland, who was in charge of the scene, upon arrival at 2:55 a.m., the wood frame residence was fully involved, with flames shooting in every direction. “We had 15 firefighters at the scene,” Chief Jenkins said, “plus an engine and tanker. After we realized the extent of the fire, we requested assistance from Lafayette, who sent a tanker along with two firemen. We had no reported injuries and we remained on the scene until daylight.”
“Considering there was an alleged domestic disturbance there earlier that evening, we requested an investigation,” the Chief continued, “as a person of interest supposedly had other charges filed against him. The case has been turned over to the Macon County Sheriffs Department and the subject we are referring to, is wanted for questioning in Aggravated Arson.”
“We are looking for the person we believed to be involved,” said Detective Bill Cothron, of the Macon County Sheriffs Department, “and we have active warrants on this subject.”
The Sheriffs Department was also looking for a 1989 Ford red extended cab vehicle, which was found engulfed in flames.
Those responding to the scene included the Westmoreland Fire Department, Macon County Sheriffs Department, EMS, Lafayette Fire Department, and the Macon County Chronicle.