MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) - Officials have made an arrest in an arson investigation in Rutherford County.

Around 10:30 a.m., officials with Rutherford County EMA and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of a structure fire on Polly Thicket Road.

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Polly Thicket Road arson II

Photo: Rutherford County Fire & Rescue

A trailer was destroyed by flames and a ten foot radius of burned grass surrounded the structure. Luckily, nobody was injured. Investigators determined the fire was set the previous night.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 26-year-old Tyler Hammontree was arrested June 5 in connection to the fire.

Investigators determined that Hammontree set fire to the trailer on the evening of May 29. 

In a news release, Lisa Sloan, Public Information Officer for Rutherford County Fire Rescue, said the remains of the trailer were discovered by the suspect's father the next morning.

Initial investigative work by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office patrol division located Hammontree at a nearby dwelling, and the suspect was held for questioning by fire investigators. 

Rutherford County Fire Rescue investigators were assisted by fire and crime scene investigators from the city of Lavergne as part of the Rutherford County Arson Task Force, Sloan said.

The quick action by the Fire/Arson Investigation Unit was made possible by newly passed legislation authorizing Fire Investigators to perform law enforcement related functions enabling them to quickly charge and arrest suspected arsonists, thereby protecting the public and preventing further arson activity, she added. 

Hammontree's motive and relationship to the family that owns the trailer is unclear at this time.

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