Jonesborough man facing multiple charges after setting house on fire, throwing dog inside


JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — A Jonesborough man is facing multiple charges after Washington County authorities responded to reports of a house fire Friday night.

According to affidavit records, authorities arrived to the scene on the 100 block of Kiser Circle to discover a house engulfed in flames.

Upon investigation, officers learned the house fire was due to arson. According to a witness, Don R. Wines, 29, “set the fire in the bathroom and threw the pet dog in a basket that was sitting in the bathroom.”

Wines’ father, who hasn’t been identified, told a neighbor Wines had previously attempted to set a fire in the basement, which was put out.

The arrest record states that all five victims made it out of the house without injury.

The dog’s owners confirmed with News Channel 11 that she did not escape the fire. They said she was a 9-week-old puppy.

The affidavit also states that the homeowner has an active order of protection against Wines.

Wines was charged with the following:

  • aggravated arson
  • aggravated cruelty to animals
  • four counts of reckless endangerment
  • aggravated child endangerment
  • violation of protection order

He is currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center.

Wines’ court date is scheduled for Monday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m.

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