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Investigators probe fires at Unicoi homes

Investigators are searching for who is responsible for two fires over the weekend at two Unicoi homes.
One of the fires was reported in the early morning hours on Saturday at 309 Massachusetts Avenue. The Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, which caused some damage to the home.
The other fire was at 1112 Browns Mill Road, a couple of blocks away from Massachusetts Avenue. The resident noticed the damage on Sunday morning. The fire extinguished itself and was contained to the floor of the porch and vinyl siding.
Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Stacy Wigand is investigating the case and said one person had been interviewed in connection with the fires.
“There was an accelerant used,” he said. “There was minimal damage to the porch and the corner of the house.”
If anyone has information about the fires or saw anything suspicious, contact Wigand at 743-1861 or the anonymous tips line at 743-1855.