Fire at Moore accuser's Alabama home not linked to allegations: sheriff

Johnson and her neighbors suspect "a young man who had a history of public intoxication" because he was seen walking around the house before the fire.

Johnson says she and her family were not injured but got out only with the clothes on their backs, and are having a hard time finding a rental home. Johnson said the young man asked a neighbor if she thought the house was "going to burn".

Johnson told Friday that the fire left her Gadsden home a total loss, saying she was "devastated, just devastated".

A spokesman for the Etowah County Sheriff's Department said the fire is under investigation by the Arson Task Force, but no charges have been filed.

Alabama arson investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a fire at the house of Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson this week. The neighbor didn't know what he was talking about, she said, because flames weren't visible at the time.

The home in Gadsden belonged to Tina Johnson, who told, an Alabama news site, that Moore had groped her while she was in his Alabama law office on legal business in 1991. The statement says investigators don't believe the fire is linked to Moore or the allegations against him. The Republican Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, lost narrowly to Democratic candidate Doug Jones. She was 28 at the time.

Despite being backed wholeheartedly by President Trump throughout his campaign and dismissing the allegations against him as false, Moore could not overcome them.

"I was so humiliated and sickened", she said.

  • Tracy Klein