1 arrested, charged with aggravated arson after house fire in Whitehaven

1 arrested, charged with aggravated arson after house fire in Whitehaven
Memphis Fire Department responded to a vacant residential fire in the 1600 block of Buxton Avenue on Tuesday at 5:35 p.m. (Source: Memphis Fire Department)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Fire Department responded to a vacant residential fire in the 1600 block of Buxton Avenue on Tuesday at 5:35 p.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy fire visible from the one-story wood-frame home.

Caleb Bratcher, 20, was arrested and charged with aggravated arson. The origin and cause of the fire was determined to be intentionally set in a carport storage room.

The home sustained smoke, fire, and water damage.

Total damage is estimated at $15,000. The adjacent home sustained $2,000 worth of exterior damage and $500 worth of vehicle damage.

Seventeen pieces of fire/rescue/EMS equipment and 38 emergency response personnel responded to the call.

The fire was brought under control at 5:53 p.m. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.

The Memphis Fire Department urges all citizens to maintain a working smoke alarm in their place of residence. Check smoke alarms once a month and change the battery when you change your clocks.

City of Memphis residents may apply for a free smoke alarm on-line at: https://www.memphistn.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=11150816&pageId=12053796 or call the Fire Museum of Memphis at 901-636-5650.

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