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Knoxville Fire Investigators make arrest in Dollar General fire
May 17, 2024, 12:40 p.m.

KNOX COUNTY - On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at approximately 3 pm, a fire occurred at the Dollar General at 9129 Executive Park Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Dollar General fire at Cedar Bluff; image by KFD

The fire caused more than one million dollars in damage to the building and its contents. Knoxville Fire Investigators have been diligently working to identify and locate a suspect seen on surveillance video who is responsible for the fire.

On Monday, May 20, 2024, at approximately 4 pm, Knoxville Fire Investigators took the suspect, 31-year-old Daniel Lee Nelson, into custody after Nelson admitted to investigators he set the fire. The investigation into the motive and circumstances is ongoing at this time.

Daniel Lee Nelson has been charged with one count of Aggravated Arson and is being held at the Knox County Detention Facility.

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