Fire department captain burns down his own house to get insurance payout

By William Martin 5:49 PM November 2, 2017
Jeffrey Todd Neely

A fire captain is in serious trouble after investigators determined that he intentionally burned down his house to get an insurance payout, according to police in Tennessee.

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Fire Investigation Service has resulted in the indictment and arrest of 48-year-old Jeffrey Todd Neely, the Captain of the Metro-Nashville Fire Department, on arson and insurance fraud charges.

Police began an investigation into the fire that occurred at the Neely’s residence located at 1055 White Bluff Rd. in White Bluff.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Neely intentionally set fire to his own residence to get a payout from his insurance company.

Neely was booked into Dickson County Jail, and his bail was set at $50,000.

White Bluff Fire Chief Eric Deal said that he became suspicious because two fires broke out at Neely’s home just a few hours apart.

The house was a total loss after the second fire.

Neely suffered chest pains during the fire and was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Neely was placed on administrative leave.