Knoxville man covered in soot arrested for arson after being at the scene of 2 fires

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Knoxville Fire Department responded to a report of a fire behind E-Z In & Out Liquor Store on Chapman Highway early Saturday morning.

When they arrived they discovered flames and smoke coming from a rear extension of the building. After putting out the fire they determined the back part of the building to be a total loss, with minor damage to the main part of the store.

A short time later, another fire call was made across the street at Kwik Pantry. Witnesses on the scene of that fire identified a man covered in soot who was also seen at the scene of the first fire.

Rickey Lee Newman
Rickey Lee Newman


Knoxville Police arrested the man, identified as Ricky Newman on arson charges.

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