A fire earlier this month that claimed the life of a district fire chief in Decatur County and injured two other firefighters has been ruled arson, Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt told Nashville's News 2 Monday.
Decaturville Fire Chief Kenny Fox died April 7 while fighting a fire at the Oak Hill Cafe on Highway 412 West in Parsons, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville.
Fox was killed after the building's roof collapsed.
He was 39 years old.
Brothers Randy and Jeremy Inman were injured.
Flags throughout the community remain at half-staff in honor of Fox.
“He was a very faithful dedicated employee here at the sheriff's department. Being a firefighter and firefighting that's what he truly enjoyed doing,” Wyatt said.
Investigators said they plan to charge the person responsible for the fire with felony first degree murder.
“Whoever it is, we're coming and we're going to get you,” Wyatt said.
Fox is survived by his wife and three sons.
A $1,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
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