Fire that killed chief/deputy was arson

Kenny Fox
Kenny Fox

(WMC-TV) - The investigation continues into a fire that killed a Decatur County fire chief and sheriff's deputy.

Kenny Fox was a beloved fire chief and sheriff's deputy there.

"Somebody that works for you, does a good job, very faithful, very loyal to you. When I first heard it, it was a shock," says Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt.

Fox was killed Easter Sunday morning as he tried to put out a fire at the Oak Hill café in Parsons.

Fox's oldest son was also fighting the fire and went back inside the café to try and safe his father.

"It looked like an awful hot fire to me, but I don't know anything about fires, but it looked like an awful hot fire to me," Wyatt continues.

The Decatur county district attorney is now saying this fire was intentionally set and is a criminal act of arson.

Whoever is responsible will be charged with felony first degree murder and aggravated arson.

Decatur county's sheriff says they're depending on the public for help in putting someone behind bars.

"We're proceeding with the investigation and whoever's responsible, get ready, we're coming," Wyatt says.

Chief Fox was a volunteer firefighter.

Investigators say he was trapped inside the burning café when the roof collapsed on top of him.

Chief Kenny Fox leaves behind a wife and three children.

If you have any information that can help investigators solve this case, call the Tennessee arson hotline at 800-762-3017.

There is a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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