La Vergne ammo store fire ruled arson

La Vergne ammo store fire ruled arson (Image 1)
La Vergne ammo store fire ruled arson (Image 1)

La Vergne fire officials ruled a fire that gutted an ammunition store Christmas morning an act of arson.

The fire started around 2:15 a.m. Sunday at Specialty Arms II on Old Nashville Highway.

Firefighters responded to the scene with extreme caution as ammunition discharged from the heat of the fire. Fire Fighters were able to but out the fire within 30 minutes.

No one was injured.

La Vergne's fire marshal issued a warrant for the arrest of a single person of interest. But officials will not release the person's name or a motive for setting the fire.

Sherika Moore lives next door to the gun store.

“It sounded like the Fourth of July over there,” neighbor Sherika Moore said. “When the police first got here they didn't want to come up near the shop because of the way it sounded.”

Moore was the first to call 911. She then ran across the street to warn her neighbors about the blaze.

“You don't know what's going to happen during a fire,” Moore said. “It is a gun shop. It is not like a regular house on fire.”

Randy Turnbo lives across the street from the gun and ammunition store. He was one of the men sleeping when Moore alerted them to the fire.

“Once they busted the window and started in the door you could see flames,” he said. “They used the jaws of life to cut the bars off the door.”

Turnbo along with others feared they would be struck by the flying bullets.

“I hate it for him,” Turnbo said. “He is a good guy.”

The gun store's owner, John Arnold, did not want to speak on camera with Nashville's News 2 but said he has insurance and will rebuild.

However, Arnold said he is not sure if he will be able to fully rebuild. He lost an estimated $500,000 in gun inventory alone.

Arnold was still waiting for an insurance adjuster to arrive Monday afternoon.

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