Ex-V-103 Host Denies Involvement In Townhouse Fire
February 4, 2009 at 5:19 AM (PT)
Former CBS RADIO Urban WVEE (V-103)/ATLANTA personality PORSCHE FOXX has denied complicity in a suspicious fire that destroyed a townhouse in UNION CITY, GA. The ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION reported that with fire investigators from the FULTON COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT unsuccessfully searching for FOXX.
She then called a press conference late TUESDAY afternoon to tell the press that she "absolutely, positively was not part of this," saying that she was awakened TUESDAY morning to discover that she was wanted for questioning and called the fire department and police. Chief Fire Marshal KEITH PADGETT contradicted her statement, saying, "There was no indication that we were going to speak to her. It took this [the press conference] for us to get to speak to her." He said FOXX answered some questions before holding the press conference.
PADGETT said that interviews with a woman burned in the blaze and neighbors led to the department's desire to interview FOXX, who they said was visiting the townhouse at the time of the fire, and TONY MATTHEWS, who lived in the townhouse and who is also sought for questioning.
FOXX was fired by V-103 for the second time in NOVEMBER after rejoining the station in 2007; she was originally fired after a DUI arrest in 2004. Her own home was destroyed by fire caused by an unattended candle three years ago.