GADSDEN, Ala. — A fire destroyed the home of a woman who accused U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct. Tina Johnson is one of several women who came forward with allegations against Moore.
Arson investigators in Etowah County say they have a person of interest, and at this point, don’t believe the crime has anything to do with Roy Moore or the allegations made against him.
This is what remains of Tina Johnson's house. She was one of the accusers who spoke out against Roy Moore. Arson is suspected, but investigators do not believe there is any connection to Roy Moore or the allegations made against him. @whnt #alpolitics #alsen pic.twitter.com/iUMAfmd6Xk
— Chris Davis (@ChrisDavisMMJ) January 5, 2018
However, in an interview on Friday, Johnson said she wasn’t so sure it didn’t have something to do with Moore or a Moore supporter.
“It’s too coincidental to me, but whatever they say, I’ll go with,” said Johnson. “But, you know, right now I’m just so devastated that, I just can’t, I’m devastated.”
According to investigators, the fire ignited around 8 a.m. Tuesday. They believe it started in the back of the house. Thankfully, Johnson and her family were not home at the time.
Johnson told our news partners at AL.com that they weren’t able to salvage anything from inside the house, and that they only possess the clothes on their backs.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Johnson and her family rebuild their home. As of 10 p.m. Friday the account has raised more than $40,000.
Investigators say they’ll release more information when a warrant is obtained. WHNT News 19 reached out to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office to learn if anyone from Roy Moore’s campaign was questioned or consulted so far during the investigation. According to a spokeswoman, there’s nothing more about the case they are willing to share so they don’t jeopardize the ongoing investigation.