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Hawkins County men charged with setting fire to vacant Kingsport home

September 6th, 2012 12:05 pm by Kacie Breeding

Hawkins County men charged with setting fire to vacant Kingsport home

Douglas Craig Owens, 24, left; and Daniel Howard Ray II, 19.

A probe of a 2011 house fire in Kingsport has prompted the arrests of two Hawkins County men on arson and other charges.

According to a Sullivan County Sheriff's Office news release issued Thursday, the fire happened at 112 Pinehurst St., on July 15, 2011. Neighbors reported that just after 5 a.m. that day they were awakened by, "what sounded like an explosion," and discovered the home ablaze. The neighbors further advised no one had been living in the home for "a few months."

The release states sheriff's office arson investigators collected samples of suspected accelerants from the scene, and those samples later tested positive at a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

Further investigation developed Douglas Craig Owens, 24, 211 Atlanta Ave., Mt. Carmel, identified as an acquaintance of the homeowner, and Daniel Howard Ray II, 19, 508 Sensabaugh Hollow Road, Church Hill, as suspects.

Ray was located and arrested July 20 on charges of arson, a Class C felony, vandalism over $60,000, a Class B felony, and conspiracy to commit arson, a Class D felony. Owens was arrested Wednesday, and is charged with arson, vandalism over $60,000 and solicitation of arson, a Class E felony.

Both men were held in the Sullivan County jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Owens was released after posting bond, while Ray remains incarcerated.

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