Juvenile burns down barn, trying to kill bees

A juvenile has claimed that he accidentally set a Loudon County barn on fire while trying to kill bees.

Deputies received the call to Hotchkiss Valley Road around 11:09 a.m. on Thursday. Authorities said the barn was already fully engulfed when they arrived.

The fire was thought to be arson because there was no electricity to the building.

There were several bales of hay lost in the fire, as well as a tractor and hay bailer that were damaged.

Sheriff Department detectives received a call from School Resource Officer Scott Brewster around 2:00 p.m. Brewster said that a subject had left school around 10:15 a.m. and returned smelling of smoke.

It was later learned that the juvenile was friends with a worker at the barn and had previously been to to the property. The subject eventually admitted to setting fire to the barn.

He claimed it happened when he was burning some hay while trying to kill some bees. He also admitted to bringing the matches.

The subject's clothes have been seized, and he is being charged as a juvenile. No other subjects have been indicated at this time.