Boy, 11, is arrested after 'intentionally setting at least three fires at a home in his Tennessee neighborhood while people were inside'
Tennessee authorities have arrested an 11-year-old boy for allegedly starting at least three fires at a home in his neighborhood.
According to a statement from the Chattanooga Fire Department's Investigations Division, the boy 'intentionally' started the fires on Monday around 4.10pm at the residence located onMaude Street.
Investigators said the juvenile tried to set the house on fire and also caused a car fire.
As firefighters made their way to the scene, dispatchers advised the crews that 'they would be dealing with a possible vehicle and dumpster fire close to a residence'.
When the first crew arrived, they discovered a fire at the rear of a vehicle parking in the driveway of the home.
A small fire was also located in a trash can next to the residence. Both fires were extinguished.
Authorities said the car fire did cause damage to the vehicle, but the extent of which was not disclosed.
The garbage can that was set on fire was up against the house, which was occupied at the time of the incident.
'Thankfully, firefighters got it out before flames could spread to the home,' authorities said in a statement.A cooler on the porch was also set on fire.
There were no reported injuries during the incident.Several witnesses provided statements to investigators who have charged the boy with aggravated arson and setting fire to personal property.
He was transported to a juvenile detention facility. His name is not being released because of his age.