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Police investigate two suspicious Clarksville fires as potential arson


Clarksville police are investigating two suspicious fires as potential arsons. A home on Richardson Street and a business on Greenfield Drive went up in flames Sunday morning just minutes apart.

Alicia Moore said the fire Sunday morning took more than her house. It took away her ministry. "There's a lot of need in that area," she said about her Clarksville community. "We give away things to people in that area."

The charred clothes in her carport, where her family believes the fire started, are just a few of several items they planned to give away as part of their ministry called Heavenly Helpers. "Clothes, shoes, food, furniture," Alicia Moore said. "Whatever they need, I kept all of that in the carport."

After devoting time to helping others, they are now in need of help. They are staying in a hotel after losing their home in the fire. "It didn't just hurt us," Alicia Moore said. "It hurt the whole community. It hurt the whole neighborhood, and the whole neighborhood realized that."

Joseph and Alicia Moore also rescued dogs at their home. It was their one special dog, Jasmine, whose barking alerted the family of four.

"She woke us up,'' Moore said. "She barked and wouldn't stop because she was saying, 'Something's wrong. Something's wrong.' She wouldn't stop until we got up to see what it was. If she hadn't done that, we would have all died."

The Moores' two children, ages 10 and 1, and their other dogs made it out safely. Jasmine did not. "She gave her life in the fire," Alicia Moore said. "She died of smoke inhalation. I think she wouldn't come out until she knew everybody was out. I think that's why she stayed in, to make sure everybody else was out."

The Moores believe this was fire was set intentionally. Just minutes after their carport caught fire, so did a business a few blocks away. Clarksville police are investigating the potential arson. They have not determined if the two fires are connected.

This is not the first time tragedy struck the Moore family. They lost all their belongings in Florida during two separate hurricanes. They are now turning to their faith to get them through this.

"We'll have a testimony through this," Joseph Moore said. "We'll be able to come back next year and tell y'all how good God is and what he has done for us. Because that's what he does. He's not going to leave us like this."

Joseph and Alicia Moore say they want to thank a good samaritan who knocked on their door to tell them their house was on fire. They say he helped save their lives. The family also lost their car in the fire. They are currently staying in a hotel until they can find another place to stay.

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