Man arrested for arson after allegedly setting fire at Nashville business

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A Nashville man is in custody after being accused of setting a west Nashville business on fire. 

57-year-old David McWhirter was charged with arson, burglary, and vandalism after fire officials say he set fire to Nashville Hydraulics in the 700 block of 51st Avenue on Jan. 5. 

Fire officials said a caller alerted Nashville Fire Department to the fire around 3 a.m. on Jan. 5. 

Firefighters said when they arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames. They worked quickly to get the fire under control. 

According to a release, the building was deemed a total loss with a loss of at least $177,000 in damages to property and contents inside the building. 

McWhirter had previous felony convictions for setting fire to property, car burglary, and theft of more than $1,000.

McWhirter is now charged with theft. According to an arrest affidavit, he admitted to a Nashville Fire Department Fire Investigator he broke into the business, stole truck keys out of the office, set the business on fire and then took off in the truck. Officers found the truck burned out on Louisiana Drive. Police say McWhirter admitted to setting the truck on fire, too. 

NFD wants you to remember that you can help “Burn an Arsonist” by reporting arson to the confidential tip line at 1-800-762-3017.

All calls to the line are confidential and you can earn a cash award of up to $5,000.

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