A Liberty man was severely burned in a suspicious house fire around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 28 year old Adam Reynolds is in the burn unit of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. County Fire Chief Donny Green says sources have told him that Reynolds suffered third degree burns over 80% of his body.
According to Sheriff Ray, a witness reported that he noticed an orange glow and went to Reynold's house on Mauldin Lane, off College Street, Liberty. As the witness pulled into the driveway, he saw Reynolds, badly burned, coming off the back porch. The witness assisted Reynolds until help arrived.
Sheriff Ray says Reynolds was rushed from the scene to DeKalb Community Hospital by DeKalb EMS. He would have been flown by helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt, but because of foggy conditions at the time, the helicopter could not fly. Reynolds was then transported by ground ambulance.
County volunteer fire fighters, who found the house completely engulfed in flames upon their arrival, could not save the structure. It was destroyed.
Because the fire appears to be of a suspicious nature, Sheriff Ray says the Tennessee State Bomb and Arson Team was called to assist the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department in the investigation.
Members of the Liberty Fire Station and the Main Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded.