Young Female Facing Charges After a Fire at the New County Jail

The new Coffee County Jail... Photo by Barry West

The new Coffee County Jail… Photo by Barry West

Officials and inmates at the new Coffee County Jail found out Thursday night that the fire sprinkler system in the facility works like it is supposed to do.
The sprinkler system in one cell was activated after Faith Marie Tomes, 20, of Tullahoma apparently set fire to an item and held it up to the sprinkler, according to Coffee County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Danny Ferrell.
“The sprinkler immediately activated in the cell and extinguished the fire,” the investigator said. Tomes cell was quickly filled with water and it also ran out into the day room of the jail.
Jail personnel removed her from the cell and cut the sprinkler off. Tomes was then moved to an isolation cell.
She has been charged with arson and vandalism. Her bond was set at $10,000 and she is to appear in court on May 18.
Last week female inmates set a fire in the old jail causing officials to quickly move inmates outside while Manchester Fire Department made sure the fire was out.
“Six inmates will be charged in connection with that fire this week,” Ferrell said. He explained that he is concluding his investigation into that fire.
Tomes was serving time in the Coffee County Jail on charges of forgery, domestic violence, burglary and theft of property.