An abandoned barn that caught fire early Sunday is the latest in a string of structure fires in Henry being investigated as arson, with a $5,000 cash reward now being offered by the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for information leading to the arrest of a potential arsonist.
The barn was located at 1000 Pettijohn Creek Road southeast of Henry. The fire was discovered about 2:45 a.m. by Paris Utility Authority workers who were sent to the area to fix a power outage. The fire had caused the PUA service lines to snap. The line workers notified the Henry Volunteer Fire Department, according to a social media post by the VFD.
The fire department had five firefighters go to the scene of the fire with two fire engines. They received assistance from four firefighters with the Mansfield Fire Department and were able to extinguish the fire.
This is one of many fires to abandoned structures that have happened in the past few weeks in Henry. Anyone with information about these fires or a potential arsonist is encouraged to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Department at 642-1672 or submit an anonymous tip to the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.
In unrelated incidents:
• A Paris man was arrested Tuesday morning by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy James Cole and charged with violation of the sex offender registry.
Colton G. Doogan, 19, 2035 Hwy. 641 north of Paris, was taken into custody about 10 a.m. at his residence, an arrest report indicated.
His bond was set at $2,500. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.
• A John Deere tractor worth approximately $80,000 was taken sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning from a residence in Cottage Grove.
According to an incident report by Sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan Hall, the tractor was seen on a trailer being pulled by a white Ford Dually pickup truck that was leaving the area of 290 Jim Hunt Road. This was where its owner had last seen it before leaving about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
When she returned to the residence Monday morning, the tractor was gone.
The tractor is a green model-6210 John Deere front-end loader, with a canopy top.