Carthage fire that killed 4 and wounded 5 was an accident
Friday, June 14, 2013 | 10:46am
State Fire Marshal’s Office, Smith Sheriff and fire teams worked scene
NASHVILLE, TN – In a coordinated effort, the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Bomb & Arson Section, Smith County Sheriff's Office, Smith County Fire Investigators and the City of Carthage Fire Department have determined the June 8 fire that killed four people in Carthage, Tenn., at 311 Hull Ave. was accidental.
Investigators made this determination through examination of evidence found at the fire scene, as well as through statements from victims and witnesses.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb and Arson section investigates the cause, origin and circumstances of fires, explosions, and other criminal acts where a fire or explosion is involved – including the investigation of all related deaths.
The Section plans and organizes arson investigation programs within the state and conducts training programs and seminars for local and federal agencies involved in arson investigation and suppression. They also enforce state statutes on explosives, investigate fire insurance fraud claims, present reports and information to District Attorneys General for prosecution and make arrests for violations where necessary.
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