Chattanooga, TN – An 11-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with arson after purposefully setting fires at a home within his neighborhood.
ABC News reports that multiple people were inside, but the fires were promptly put out by the Chattanooga Fire Department with no one injured.
The Chattanooga Fire Department received a call around 4:10pm on Monday regarding multiple fires on-going with a vehicle and dumpster fire involved.
The CFD arrived at the Maude Street home, near Lincoln Park and Erlanger, where they immediately encountered the burning vehicle.
There was also a trashcan against the house on fire, along with a cooler located on the porch.
The vehicle was substantially damaged, but the home itself did not catch on fire.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before they caught onto the surrounding structure.
“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.”, said the Chattanooga Fire Department in a press release.
According to the CFD, the boy lives in the area that he set the fires in, just not that specific home.
The 11-year-old’s name is not being released due to age, and he has already been transported to a juvenile detention facility for processing.
Any reasoning for the fires being set has not been released or reported on.