Police: Father, daughter charged in Kingsport home fires


A father and daughter have both been charged in connection with two house fires in Sullivan County. 

According to Sullivan County (TN) deputies, the sheriff’s office was assisted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation about to fires reported late last year. 

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says Ronnie Johnson, of Kingsport, was arrested on Feb. 2 and is still incarcerated on two counts of arson and aggravated burglary, according to investigators. 

His daughter, Ashlee, was arrested on Feb.1 with just one count of aggravated burglary and arson but was released later the same day on a $15,000 bond.

According to police, the first fire happened on Aug. 29 at 4316 Ridge Road in the Sullivan Gardens community. 

The second fire happened on Sept. 3 at 3233 Fairbanks Street in the Bloomingdale area of Kingsport. 

During the investigation, Sullivan County detectives and TBI Special Agents determined the fires were caused by the Johnsons. Ronnie reportedly was the only one involved in the Fairbanks Street fire. 

Both cases were presented to the Sullivan County Grand Jury. 

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