Man sets fire outside of rescue mission causing thousands of dollars in damage

Kenneth Greene (Photo credit: Knoxville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man is facing charges after Knoxville Police say he set a fire outside of a rescue mission causing thousands of dollars in damages.

Officers say Kenneth Greene was at Knoxville Area Rescue Mission, located on N. Broadway, early on Monday morning, but was asked to leave.

Police say Greene got upset and started a fire about seven feet from the door.

When an officer arrived on the scene, he witnessed Greene placing plastic bags and blankets on fire in an attempt to increase the size of the fire.

Many people were sleeping inside of KARM at this time.

Greene caused $3,000 in damage.

Police arrested him on the spot.

Authorities say he was a fugitive wanted out of Loudon County.

Greene was charged with arson and criminal trespass.

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