Fire marshal says fire that destroyed Manchester business was arson
A fire that destroyed a business just outside the Manchester City Limits has been ruled arson by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office.
Haddon Motors, 3011 Hillsboro Hwy., caught fire early Tuesday morning and again early Thursday morning. The second incident
Haddon Motors was fully engulfed when Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department firefighters arrived early Thursday morning. It was the second time in three nights the business caught fire. Investigators have ruled the fire to be arson. (Photo provided)
completely destroyed the office building.
“There was gasoline all in there … you could see it, smell it,” said John Constantine with Haddon Motors.
For now Constantine is continuing to operate the used-car dealership out of the service shop, which is located behind the burned down office.
Firefighters with the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department were first dispatched to Haddon Motors at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning where they found the office building of the dealership on fire. They were able to contain the fire and limit damage to less than half of the building, according to Aaron Brown with the Hillsboro VFD. But when firefighters were dispatched again at 12:58 a.m. Thursday they found the building fully engulfed in flames.
“Tuesday we were able to limit the damage with an aggressive interior attack, we got firefighters inside the building,” said Brown. “But [Thursday] it was too far gone. The roof had collapsed [when we arrived] and we did an exterior attack.”
The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the State Fire Marshal’s office in the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the arson is encouraged to contact the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-728-3591.
-Josh Peterson can be reached by email at email@example.com or at 931-728-7577 ext. 105.
Pictured is the remains of Haddon Motors’ office, which burned to the ground early Thursday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)