Baileyton Man Charged With Arson, Insurance Fraud Attempt
Kenneth Rader, 58, of Oak Street in Mt. Carmel, Hawkins County, was taken into custody Monday by Baileyton police and charged with arson, reckless endangerment, insurance fraud and filing a false report.
Rader was charged in connection with a fire Jan. 11, 2015, at 902 Bailey St. that caused fire and smoke damage to the house.
Rader filed a report with the Baileyton Police Department that his house had been burglarized and set on fire, police Chief Joshua Ferguson said in an arrest warrant.
Rader filed the report “knowing the information relating to offense reported is false,” a report by Ferguson said.
Rader was allegedly responsible “for knowingly setting fire to a house” with intent “to destroy or damage the home in order to collect the insurance from damage or destruction,” a report said.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office participated in the investigation, along with investigators from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
“It was later discovered that (Rader) is alleged to have intentionally set his house on fire,” a report said.
Because of the intentional act, “emergency responders and the public at large were intentionally placed in imminent danger,” a report said.
Rader made an insurance claim on the loss of personal property and fire damage to the house, a report said.
Members of the United Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, which was called in on the night of Jan. 11, 2015. The fire started in a closed back bedroom.
Investigation of the blaze as a possible arson began after the fire was extinguished.
No injuries were reported and no one was home at the time of the fire, which was contained to the back room. There was smoke damage throughout the house.
Bond for Rader was set at $62,000. He is scheduled to have a first appearance this week in General Sessions Court.