Chief Kenny Fox died April 7 while responding with his volunteer firefighting unit to the Oak Hill Café Bar and Grill. Brothers Jeremy and Randy Inman were hurt, but not seriously.
Chief Fox, 39, was also a sergeant in the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department. He left behind a wife and three sons.
The Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office’s Bomb and Arson Section and other agencies were called in to investigate the cause of the fire. Officials said that while a suspect has not been determined, they person responsible for the fire would be charged with felony first-degree murder and aggravated arson.
“Agents have spoken to a great number of witnesses and recovered pieces of evidence, because of the nature of this homicide investigation we cannot comment on or reveal any other detail about the fire,” said Hansel McAdams with the 25th Judicial District.
DECATURVILLE, Tenn April 8 2012- Flags were flying at half-staff Saturday night in Decatur County after an early morning blaze killed a fire chief and injured two other firefighters.
The scene was Highway 412, right outside Parsons, at the Oak Hill Cafe. The Decatur County sheriff told NewsChannel 5 the fire started just after 4 Saturday morning, and while fighting the fire, the ceiling of the business collapsed, killing fire Chief Kenny Fox. Also, firefighters Randy and Jeremy Inman were hurt, and rushed to Vanderbilt. Both of them are expected to be okay.
Chief Fox was also a sergeant in the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department. He was 39-years-old and leaves behind a wife and three sons.
The fatal fire is being investigated by local authorities and the ATF. They have not eliminated suspicions surrounding the fire.