Tennessee man charged with setting fires

Andrew Scott Lewis of Chattanooga
Andrew Scott Lewis of Chattanooga

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Officials say they have made an arrest in a large brush fire in southern Tennessee.

Jason Harvey with the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday that Andrew Scott Lewis of Chattanooga is charged with three counts of setting fire to person property and one count of vandalism more than $250,000.

The charges are in connection to blazes set this week in the Smith Mountain and Blue Sewanee Mountain areas outside Chattanooga that have burned 300 acres and threatened several homes.

Harvey said Lewis was developed as a suspect based on a tip from a citizen. He said Lewis was taken into custody on Thursday and admitted to starting the fires

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