The first fire was without a doubt arson. Sunday just before midnight, someone used fuel stored at Ricky McCammon's farm on the top of Mims Road to burn three equipment sheds to the ground, and failed to burn a fourth. The equipment, including a John Deere tractor, two full gravity feed wagons, sprayers, plows, several bush hogs and mowers, as well as stored feed and hay in three of the buildings, were a total loss. Another tractor was slightly damaged in the spectacular fire that was visible from Hustonville.
The evidence of arson was everywhere. The arsonists left behind a gas can they used to spread flames from building to building, but fire investigators said it was impossible to get fingerprints from the soaked can. The one surviving tractor still had stains where the gas had soaked it but failed to ignite.
Mr. McCammon's farm is the last one on Mims Road, a winding dirt road off of Rube Brown in Geneva, and almost half a mile from the nearest neighbor. He has left his equipment there for more than 20 years and never lost a thing. Working through the wreckage of his life's work to salvage whatever he could, Mr. McCammon was furious that "you can work your whole life for something and someone takes it away from you in 30 minutes. They can wipe you out in an hour."