Teen arrested for hotel arson lived in Isaac Hayes' former mansion

(WMC-TV) – A teen girl is charged with aggravated arson for a hotel fire that happened in Germantown over the weekend. Action News 5 learned the same girl was also living in the former mansion of musician Isaac Hayes when it burned down last week.

Dozens of people were forced to evacuate the Germantown Homewood Suites hotel early Saturday morning because of a fire set in a hotel room.

Police charged a minor for setting the fire that responders quickly put out.

"The investigation revealed that the fire was set intentionally, and the female juvenile was arrested and charged with aggravated arson," said Germantown Police Department Captain Mike Griffus.

A hotel employee confirmed to WMC-TV that Doris and Kenneth Peters were staying in the room with the teen, 13, when the fire started. The employee said she set her clothes on fire.

The Peters are the custodial parents of the 13-year-old, and they were living at the former home of Isaac Hayes when it burned down last Thursday.

But Shelby County and Germantown city investigations will neither confirm nor deny that connection.

"Due to that fact and that a juvenile is involved, I cannot comment further on evidence or the juvenile's previous addresses."

The Shelby County Fire Department does confirm the family lived in a home that burned down on year ago.

It was after that fire, that the Peters moved down the road to Isaac Hayes' old home where insurance inspectors and fire investigators spent the day Monday scouring through the remains.

People close to the case tell me the young girl charged with setting the fire is crying for help and that she was found cutting herself before Saturday's fire.

The investigations into these fires are ongoing.

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