Two children died in a fire on the Fort Campbell Army post. The Fort Campbell Fire Department is investigating the fire along with the Kentucky State Fire Marshal's office, Fort Campbell Military Police and the Criminal Investigation Division. more>>
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.- A fatal fire at Fort Campbell in May was arson, investigators announced Friday.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's office examined the scene, eliminating accidental and natural causes of the fire, according to a news release from Fort Campbell.
Two-year-old Rebekah Smallwood and 9-year-old Samuel Fagan died in the early morning fire on the Army post.
Spc. Wayne Smallwood, 33, of the 626th Corps Support Battalion, was treated for non-life threatening injuries. His wife, Billi-Jo Smallwood suffered injuries while escaping the fire. She was treated for her burns at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The Smallwoods' infant daughter, Nevaeh, escaped without injury.
"U.S. Army CID and ATF investigators are combining their efforts and are aggressively following up on all leads surrounding this violent crime. The fact that this criminal act caused the death of two innocent children of an Army family during a time of war makes it even more heart wrenching and appalling," said Paul J. Vido, agent with the ATF Louisville Field Division, in a news release.
"The work at the crime scene is finished, however our investigation is not over," Vido said. "We are confident that the responsible individual or individuals will be brought to justice."
Investigators did not release details about the origin and cause of the fire and the status of the ongoing investigation.
Investigators are requesting anyone with information about this arson to call Fort Campbell's 31st Military Police Detachment Criminal Investigation Command at 270-798-3000 or 270-798-9402; Military Police at 270-798-7111; or the ATF at 800- ATF-800-3855.