Franklin man arrested after setting $250K house on fire - WKRN News 2

Franklin man arrested after setting $250K house on fire

Posted: Updated: April 25, 2013 5:51 PM
Luther Still, 40 - Courtesy Williamson County Sheriff's Office. Luther Still, 40 - Courtesy Williamson County Sheriff's Office.
Photo courtesy of Franklin Police Department Photo courtesy of Franklin Police Department
Photo courtesy of Franklin Police Department Photo courtesy of Franklin Police Department
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

A Franklin man was arrested after he allegedly set his $250,000 house on fire following an argument in his household Wednesday night.

The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. in the 400 block of Eastover Drive, in the Rogershire Subdivision.

"It was easy to turn around and see the fire, you know, right behind us, a couple houses behind us," said Eric Hurt, a neighbor whose home is on the backside of the house that was set on fire.

He shot cell phone video from his backyard and shared it with Nashville's News 2.

"The back porch was on fire, coming out through the windows," Hurt said. "Within a matter of a minute, it just went up the back part of it. The blaze got really big and smoke was really high."

Luther Still, Jr., 40, was arrested in connection with starting the fire.

Two juveniles and a 19-year-old were home at the time of the incident. They were able to escape unharmed.

Still's wife was not home at the time the fire was allegedly set. She went to a neighbor's home after the argument.

Responding officers learned that Still remained inside and was possibly armed. Officers had to forcibly remove him from the home. He was not armed when they arrested him.

Firefighters were quick to battle the blaze as soon as Still was taken into custody.

Responders battled the blaze for approximately two hours.

The home received significant damage, estimated at $200,000.

Still was taken to the Franklin Police Headquarters and was eventually booked into the Williamson County Jail and the other residents were taken to a safe location.

Still is charged with aggravated Arson.

The Fire Marshal began digging through debris just after 6 a.m. Thursday. He said he plans to continue the investigation through the afternoon.

Officials were not immediately sure how Still started the fire.

Parts of the roof collapsed in the fire. The home received significant damage.

Still is charged with aggravated arson and is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

He is set to appear in court on May 2.

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