Memphis police and the fire department have determined that a fire set Monday night at a cell tower near the University of Memphis on Southern Avenue was set deliberately, according to WMC-TV. Authorities have still not determined the arsonist’s motives but have urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH or the state arson hotline at 1-800-762-3017. Tipsters could qualify for a cash reward.
The fire department said the blaze caused $100,000 in damage but service to cellular customers did not seem to be affected. No one was reported hurt.
Four other cell towers had been put to the match by arsonists since December, according to the fire department, causing more than half a million dollars worth of damage. The sites were:
- December 5 — 118 Neil St. — $5,000 damage
- December 5 — 2754 Faxon Ave. — $10,000 damage
- January 28 — 20 Flicker St. — $500,000 damage
- February 17 — 4087 Summer Ave. — $75,000 damage