Investigator with Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) are offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the fire.
The image provided is not of a suspect, but only a person of interest confirmed Michael Knight of the ATF.
Locals will recall the fire ultimately resulted in the rerouting of the Jasper Christmas Parade as parts of Main Street need to be closed for the firefighting effort. Whereas there were no injuries reported, the structure would end up needing to be razed to the cement platform.
ATF dispatched a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and additional special agents to the scene. CFIs are highly trained special agents, who provide technical support, analysis and assistance to its state and local partners in the areas of fire origin and cause determination and arson investigation.
The ongoing criminal investigation is being conducted by ATF, MCSO and the Fire Marshal’s Fire Investigations Unit. Anyone with the information about the incident should call ATF at 1-888-ATF-FIRE, or the Tennessee Arson Hotline at (800) 762-3017. Information can also be sent to ATF via the mobile app www.reportit.com by using the Nashville field division as the location.