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Published on May 19, 2024
Rutherford County Fire Marshal Seeks Public's Aid in Car Arson Case on Chapin DriveSource: Unsplash/Matt Hearne

Rutherford County authorities are on the hunt for clues following a suspicious car fire that incinerated a Kia Optima on Chapin Drive early Saturday morning, and they're turning to the public for assistance. According to a report from WSMV, the vehicle blaze occurred before the sun rose at 5 a.m. on a dead-end street near Old Nashville Highway, prompting the Rutherford County Fire Marshal's Office to seek help in identifying suspects linked to the arson.

The ongoing investigation has led officials to reach out through various channels, including the Fire Marshal's office tip line and the Tennessee Arson Hotline the officials have announced an award of up to $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest or conviction in the case showing their seriousness in pursuing this case to the end. Anyone with pertinent details about individuals or vehicles that might be connected with the crime has been urged to call 615-907-3600 or 1-800-762-3017, as disclosed in a statement extracted by WKRN.

Despite the early hour at which the car fire took place, investigators are hopeful that residents or passersby might have seen something unusual around the area of Old Nashville Highway on Chapin Drive that could aid their efforts. The WGNS Radio article stresses this by reiterating the call for tips from the community, as the Fire Marshal’s Office works to piece together the events leading up to the arson.