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Arson Suspected In Fire At Coffee County Drug Court

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MANCHESTER, Tenn. – The building that housed the Coffee County Drug Court sustained heavy damage in a fire that investigators believe was intentionally set.

A clerk discovered the fire at 6 a.m. Tuesday when she arrived to work at the building on College Street in Manchester. The woman saw the building fully engulfed in flames and called 911.

Firefighters were able to put out the flames, but the building suffered heavy smoke, fire and water damage.

Officials with the Manchester Police Department said the fire may have been intentionally set between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Investigators said it looked like the duct work had been pulled near the central heating unit and gas poured into the system.

"We're looking for anybody that might have been in the area between 4 and 6 am and anybody that might have some information or seen somebody running from the scene or in or near the scene," said Chief Billy Butler with the Manchester Police Department.

Police said they were trying to determine if the fire was set by someone trying to destroy evidence and paperwork.

The fire was in a building separate from the justice center, but some files were stored at the location. None of the case files or evidence in storage was destroyed in the blaze.

There was no information or leads about a potential suspect.

Officials said the drug court will have to move to a temporary office while repairs are made.

An estimate of the cost of damages was not available. 

Anyone with information about the fire should call the Manchester Police Department. 

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