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Chattanooga woman arrested for aggravated arson

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Chattanooga fire investigators arrested a local woman for aggravated arson Sunday morning after a fire she had set ended up nearly burning a house down.

Captain Anthony Moore with the Fire Investigation Division said he incident began around 5:00 a.m. at a Sherman Street resident when a woman, who often came to visit the residents at that location, was allowed to sleep on the front porch.

Unfortunately, according to capt. Moore, the woman apparently liked to start fires. Moore said The residents had chastised the woman for trying to start some fires earlier, even trying to burn an American Flag.

However, Moore said that Cheryl Hale started a fire in a trash can sitting on the porch, which grew quickly.

One of the residents discovered the fire and after failing to get it out, called 911.

Chattanooga firefighters responded to the scene and quickly got the fire out, keeping it from spreading into the house.

Captain Moore said the damage to the house was minimal and no one was injured.

Chattanooga police had Hale in custody when Captain Moore arrived on the scene.

After charging her with aggravated arson, she was transported by Chattanooga Police to the County Jail for booking.

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