UT Humes Hall fire investigation in hands of DA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- It's now up to the Knox County District Attorney General's office to determine what if any charges should be filed in connection with two suspicious fires at the University of Tennessee's Humes Hall in late January.

UT spokesperson Elizabeth Davis confirms UT Police investigators and Knoxville Fire investigators have turned over the evidence and investigation to the District Attorney General's office.

Knoxville firefighters were called to Humes Hall on January 28th for a report of a chair on fire in a study room. The fire was quickly extinguished, but four people were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, and released.

One day later, a bulletin board on the third floor went up in flames. It was quickly extinguished by a staff member in the dorm.

After the second fire, the dorm was placed on fire watch by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's office.

As a result, four UT police officers were stationed at the hall, on duty around the clock. Officers remain there today.

Davis would neither confirm nor deny that any staff members were relieved of their duties at Humes Hall in the days after the fire.

There were also reports of multiple fire alarm pulls in the days before the fires at Humes Hall.

KFD spokesperson Brent Seymour says there have been no reports of problems at Humes Hall since the fire watch began.

Humes Hall houses more than 500 women on the UT campus.


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