Captain with Nashville Fire Department arrested for arson

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A captain with the Nashville Fire Department was indicted and arrested on charges of arson and insurance fraud.

Jeffrey Neely was indicted on Oct. 18 and booked into the into the Dickson County jail on Oct. 24, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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The TBI began investigating two days after a Sept. 5 fire at Neely’s home on White Bluff Road in White Bluff, Tennessee. At the time, it was reported the fire began while he was cooking bacon.

According to a press release, an investigation revealed the fire was intentionally set by the 48-year-old.

The fire department’s spokesman, Joseph Pleasant, issued the following statement after Neely’s arrest was announced:

The Nashville Fire Department was made aware of the indictment of Captain Jeffrey Neely on Wednesday afternoon. Per departmental policy, NFD administration placed Captain Neely on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. We will have no further comment about the criminal investigation at this time.

Neely remains in jail on $50,000 bond. No further details have been released at this time.