By Crystal Burns
Investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation believe arson is to blame for a house fire at 76 Lowery Road in Trenton.
The TBI tweeted from its @TBInvestigation account last week that the fire was possibly set intentionally to cover up a burglary during which multiple items were taken including some unique antiques.
The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to the fire around 7 a.m. on Sept. 9 after a passerby called 911 to report smoke coming from the home. Deputy Chad Lowery stated in his incident report that he noticed flames coming from the west windows of the house and smoke coming from under the roof across the entire house. He said he noticed the garage door was wide open, and he could see inside the house, which was filled with smoke.
There were no vehicles in the driveway. A neighbor told Lowery the house was vacant.
When the electric company arrived to cut power for the firefighters, employees told Lowery that the utilities had been turned off since November 2018.
Gibson County and TBI investigators made the scene to further investigate.
Anyone with information is urged to call the TN Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered.