Of Tuesday Blaze
By BILL JONES
Investigators are looking into the possibility that a fire at Shipley's Auto Body and Frame Repair was deliberately set, according to a report filed by GPD Officer Jeff Sowers.
His report said Greeneville firefighters who responded to fire at the 6:30 a.m. Tuesday saw evidence that "accelerants" might have been used to "start or enhance" the fire at the North Rufe Taylor Road business.
The term accelerants usually refers in fire investigations to flammable liquids.
The report also noted that investigators with the state Fire Marshal's office had joined the investigation of the fire at the 86 N. Rufe Taylor Road business.
On Tuesday morning, fire department radio transmissions from the scene indicated that Greeneville Fire Marshal Alan Shipley was summoned to the fire scene while firefighters were still battling the blaze inside the metal building.
Greene County 911 dispatched Greeneville firefighters to the business at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after employees apparently found the building filled with smoke when they arrived for work.
Firefighters extinguished the fire and used large fans to evacuate smoke from the building.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, a Greeneville Police Department dispatcher was heard sending police officers to the scene with orders to "secure" it and not allow anyone to enter or leave the building.
By Monday afternoon, the perimeter of the building was sealed off with yellow police tape.