11-year-old set multiple fires at neighborhood home with people inside: Police

A Tenessee boy has been arrested after police say he intentionally set multiple fires at a residential home.

ABC News reports that the Chattanooga Fire Department arrived at a home off of Maude Street in Chatanooga at around 4 p.m. on Monday after a caller noticed several fires and possibly a dumpster and a car on fire. When firefighters arrived, they noticed a trash can set beside the home on fire and a car parked at the rear of the home on fire. They also found a cooler on fire, on the front porch.

The boy, who reportedly lived in the area and not in the actual home, was seen by several witnesses, according to a press statement by the Chattanooga Fire Department.

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“Several witnesses provided statements about what they saw to investigators, who arrested and charged the child with Aggravated Arson and Setting Fire to Personal Property.”

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesperson Lindsey Rogers said that the boy also attempted to set the house on fire, according to NBC 3.

The fire department extinguished the fire before additional damage was done. No one inside the home was hurt.

Authorities arrested the 11-year-old and took him to a juvenile facility for processing. He’s been charged with aggravated arson and setting fire to personal property.

At this time, it’s unclear what relationship, if any, the boy had with the people who lived in the home.

The story is developing. Check back for updates.

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