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It's normally a happy time of year in Warren County. The fair's in town and that's exactly where Bobby Jaco's family was when someone tried to burn everything he owns to the ground.
Bobby Jaco says: "One of the officers asked me who have I made mad. Who do you make that mad?" Jaco owns the Mountain View Mobile Home park. His store is a shell of a building. His house also gutted by the arsonist. And a nearby trailer was set afire too.
Chief Investigator Marc Martin with the Warren County Sheriff's Department says believes he may have some leads. "My guess is that it would be more of a crime of anger or they're mad at the landlord and trying to get back at him."
Jaco says some renters can't make rent and he has had to send the maintenance guy, Randy Streeval, to kick them out. Streeval says, "When they get $400 to $500 dollars behind, I've got to do something. Can't just let them live here. We've got bills coming just like they do."
Right now, Jaco's family, which includes four children, are living in this motel room while state and county arson investigators look for clues in what's left of the melted roof and charred rubble
Jaco says, "I've got a little two and a half year old son and he turned my head and looked at me and said house broke daddy and I started crying that just. It's just more than a daddy knows how to deal with." Others who live in the mobile home park say they're sleeping lightly too like
Harris Priest. "Well it makes me feel kind of a paranoid in a way because I just live right here."
For Jaco, his family got called home early from the fair.... an outing he ultimately believes saved their lives. "Whatever their intentions was I think it's a total disregard for my children. This is just absolutely unreal."
If you have any information about the three fires, call the Warren County Sheriff's Department or the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.
Friday, September 21 2012, 10:48 PM CDT
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Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com
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