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Man accused of setting fire outside homeless shelter

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KNOXVILLE, TN (Knox News) -

Police charged a 61-year-old Loudon man with aggravated arson after he allegedly started a fire outside the front door of a downtown homeless shelter, causing $3,000 in damage.

Kenneth Wayne Greene was arrested about 4:30 a.m. Monday outside the Knox Area Rescue Ministries, 418 N. Broadway, on charges of aggravated arson and criminal trespassing, records state. He was being held Tuesday in jail in lieu of $10,500 bond.

A representative of the homeless shelter told Greene to leave, but he apparently refused. Records state Greene got upset and allegedly "started a fire next to the building about seven feet from the front door" as people slept inside.

Police saw Greene placing plastic and blankets on the fire to feed the flames, according to court records. The fire caused about $3,000 worth of damage before it was doused.

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