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Robert Franklin, of Crossville,Tenn., is a suspect in the Hixson business fires on July 4, 2020, according to fire officials. Photo contributed by the Chattanooga Fire Department.

UPDATE: A Crossville, Tenn., man has been arrested and charged with two counts of arson following two fires at Hixson Pike businesses on July 4. 

Robert Franklin, 36, was taken into custody on Saturday, July 11, according to Chattanooga Fire Department officials. 

The suspect was uncooperative with investigators, and he does not have any connection to the businesses where he allegedly set the fires, a news release states. 

Original story: 

The Chattanooga Fire Department is investigating two suspicious commercial fires that happened Saturday on  Hixson Pike.

The first fire was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. at Precision Tune Auto Care, according to a news release from the fire department. A few minutes later, a second fire was reported at Southern Insurance Associates.

Fire officials found evidence that the same person intentionally set both fires. 

There were no injuries reported from both fire incidents, the news release states.

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Photo contributed by the Chattanooga Fire Department
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