Retired Tennessee fire captain suspected of arson

By Janice Broach - bio | email

JACKSON, TN (WMC-TV) - Yellow tape surrounded the Madison County the burned home of retired Jackson Fire Captain Kinley Hullom.  But Hullom did not help put out the blaze, he was charged with setting it.

"You trust them with your stuff and you hope you don't have a pyro in the mix," said Jackson resident Terry Curtis.

Firefighters found Hullom's house burning after getting a call Monday afternoon.  

Tuesday, investigators said Hullom called sheriff's deputies to report a theft of an air conditioner, a riding lawnmower and other items.

Fire investigators turned the case over to state agents who searched Hullom's house after getting permission from him.  

When agents began to search a shed behind Hullom's house, he told them not to.  Investigators then got a search warrant.  Inside, they found flat screen televisions, photo albums and mattresses.

After further investigation, agents discovered the item Hullom reported stolen at his brother's house.  Hullom was arrested and charged with arson, filing a false report and tampering with evidence.

"I'm really shocked, terribly shocked," said Jackson resident David Randolph.  "That makes the fire department look bad."

Hullom retired from the Jackson Fire Department last year.

Hullom was released on a $25,000 bond.  The case is under investigation and a motive has not been released.

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