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2 Charged With Reckless Endangerment After Truck Fire

2 Charged With Reckless Endangerment After Truck Fire

CREATED May 7, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Two suspects have been charged in connection with a truck fire at an apartment complex in Murfreesboro.

Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department said Jonathan Bess, age 22, and William Billy Hodge, age 23, were arrested Wednesday afternoon, following a truck fire incident at Windcrest Apartments.

Just before 3:30 p.m., crews were called to a vehicle fire at the apartment complex. When crews arrived on scene, they said an old Dodge Ram pick-up truck was found fully involved with flames. It was apparently backed up within inches of Building D.

The Fire Marshal's Office was called to the scene to investigate. According to Assistant Fire Marshal Carl Peas, Bess and Hodge had tried earlier in the day to take the truck to the junkyard.

"When they found out the junkyard wouldn't accept a vehicle with fuel in it, they decided to take it back to the apartment complex and drain the tank," said Peas. "They were drilling holes into the gas tank to release the gas into the grass when it ignited," he continued.

The two reportedly admitted to the act and were taken into custody at the scene.