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Alabama man arrested for setting wildfire in Sequatchie Co.

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SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

A Tuscaloosa man is accused of setting a wildfire and not attempting to extinguish the fire in Sequatchie County. 

Monday morning, deputies with the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Standifer Grand Road for a fire that had been set. Witnesses told police that they had seen a small truck leave the area. Upon arrival of officers they spoke to a the victim who had a deer camera set up. The deer camera did capture a picture of a Gold Ford Ranger in the area. Officers searched the area for the truck but were unsuccessful. 

The State of Tennessee Agriculture Crime Unit contacted detectives around 5 p.m. saying they had located the vehicle and person driving it at a residence in Hamilton County. Investigators escorted Matthew R. Wallace of Tuscaloosa, Alabama to the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office. Investigators interviewed Wallace who did admit that he had been on Standifer Grant Road. Wallace also told police that while on Standifer Grand Road he did stop his vehicle, got out and smoked a cigarette. Wallace said he threw his cigarette in some leaves and watched it catch fire. He said he watched the flames start and watched it grow to the size of his boot then left the area without trying to put the fire out or call anyone for help.

Wallace has been charged with Setting Fire to Personal Property or Land and is being held on an open court bond. 

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