Cash reward offered in Alcoa arson case after firefighter injured in blaze

A $3,000 cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting a fire in which a firefighter was injured on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Capt. Tom Clark, a 12-year firefighter at the Alcoa Fire Department sustained injuries from a fall that occurred while he was searching for possible individuals who may have been in the house during the fire. Clark was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Witnesses called 911 at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 to report smoke at 4344 Alcoa Highway, Louisville. Twenty-three firefighters responded with three trucks and began battling the fire, which was completely extinguished within 30 minutes. The house, owned by Ray Sexton, Hillside Drive, Louisville, is a vacant residence on business property. Firefighters cleared the scene at about 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Based on an investigation conducted at the scene, Alcoa Police Detective Kris Sanders and Alcoa Fire Marshall Darren Stinnett said that the fire was determined to be arson. They are asking that anyone with information immediately call Sanders at 865-380-4964 or call the Alcoa Police Department Crime Hotline at 865-380-4715.

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