A Newport, Tennessee family has lost its peace of mind after a suspected arsonist destroyed three of their vehicle in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 17.
John Scott Jones of 641 Pikeview Street told police that his wife, Leslie Jones, woke him up at 3:43 a.m. after she heard a noise outside and told him that the side of their house seemed to be “really hot”, according to Patrolman Derrick Wright.
Mr. Jones looked outside to see three of the family’s four vehicles on fire.
Fortunately, the three members of the family inside the house were able to escape without injury.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their vehicles, including a silver 1998 Corvette convertible valued at $21,000, as well as a 2002 GMC Sierra worth $8,500 and a 2011 Hyundai Elantra valued at $24,000 – all of which suffered extensive damage. The siding on the end of the house next to the fire also melted away, although the rest of the structure appeared to escape without damage.
Police believe the arsonist may be a person the Joneses have “had problems with in the past,” according to the report.
“Nothing like this has ever happened in this neighborhood… I’m afraid they’ll come over here,” a neighbor told a WVLT news reporter.