A firefighter reportedly confessed to starting a series of blazes in Waverly

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A firefighter is in custody after confessing to starting a series of suspicious fires in Waverly over the past 30 days.

According to the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, Leslie Winchester, a 20-year-old volunteer firefighter, confessed late Friday night that he was responsible for some of the suspicious fires the city has seen over the past 30 days.

Officials say Winchester is currently being held on $1.7 million bail at Humphreys County Jail as the investigation continues.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Winchester was charged with three counts of aggravated arson, three counts of arson, six counts of criminal trespassing and six counts of vandalism over $10,000.

Leslie Winchester (Courtesy of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

A fire station, a Masonic lodge and a church were all victims of the series of fires the city experienced last month. The fires are still under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis recently reached out to the community for help in demanding a halt to the destruction.

“We need eyes and ears. If there’s anyone out there doing this, we need eyes and ears and we need our community that comes together so hard every day to really focus and look at some of these places in these marked off areas, and be that good neighbor that if you see anything suspicious, report it, call us, contact us,” Sheriff Davis said.

Over the past 30 days, Waverly has seen seven to eight fires. It is still unclear which fires Winchester allegedly confessed to being a part of.

The investigation is still ongoing. No other information was immediately released.


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