CLINTON FIRE DEPARTMENT: Two overnight fires investigated as ‘suspicious’

The Clinton Fire Department is investigating two fires early Friday morning as “suspicious.”

Chief Archie Brummitt says the first fire was reported shortly after midnight in a locked, fenced-in area at Pallets Plus in the JD Yarnell Industrial Park, where crews reported arriving to find a tractor-trailer fully engulfed in flames.* The fire was extinguished within a few minutes, and while no immediate cause was identified, the fire is being investigated as suspicious due to its location and witness statements that it had not been driven in some time.

At around 1:30 am, CFD was sent to Carriage Trace Apartments on a report of a chemical smell, and while leaving after addressing that issue, firefighters spotted smoke coming from the window of a different apartment. That blaze was extinguished quickly enough that the damage was limited solely to the bedroom in which the fire started, and no other units had to be evacuated. This fire is being investigated as suspicious since the tenant was not home at the time when it started.

No injuries were reported in either incident, although fire crews were said to be dehydrated after working two incidents in such a short amount of time.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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