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UPDATE: FIRST ON 3: Police arrest person in arson related homicide

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UPDATE: Red Bank Police have arrested one person in the arson related homicide at 137 Hedgewood Drive.

While Red Bank and other regional Fire Departments fought to extinguish the early Thursday morning fire, officers began investigating the arson that lead to the death of 51-year-old Dewey Lee Rose.

Rose's body was later recovered from an upstairs apartment in the burned building. 

Police arrested 33-year-old Christopher Wehunt of Red Bank Thursday.  

Wehunt was arrested on one count of Criminal Homicide, Aggravated Arson, Felony Reckless Endangerment, Felony Vandalism, and two counts of Reckless Aggravated Assault.

Police tell Channel 3 that Wehunt was booked into the Hamilton County Jail under a total bond of $750,000.


PREVIOUS STORY: Red Bank Police and Fire Departments are investigating what they call a suspicious fire at 137 Hedgewood Drive near Goodson Avenue.


Officers responded to 137 Hedgewood Drive just after 5 Thursday morning to find the structure fully overcome in flames.

Red Bank Police and Fire Departments determined that one fatality occurred in an upstairs apartment.

Investigators have interviewed residents and witnesses as well as a person of interest.

No charges have been placed at this time as the investigation continues.

Police are not releasing the victim's name at this time.



PREVIOUS STORY: One person is dead after an early morning apartment fire in Red Bank.

Firefighters responded to the fire on Hedgewood Drive at an apartment complex around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Flames were visible shooting from the building. Fire crews were alerted that someone was still in the building and did an interior attack. When they found the victim, it was too late.

One person was confirmed dead in the fire, though no gender or age has been released.

"It hurts, it hurts. I guess when you use the term 'hurt' it's not really happening to you but inside you know what they're going through," said witness Haile Westfield.

A female victim was taken to the hospital with injuries after she jumped from a bathroom window. Another resident escaped through a second floor window and climbed down a tree.

"It's Thanksgiving day but our firefighters are on call at all times," said Public Information Officer Amy Maxwell. "So it's just another day for us. Unfortunately for these four families, it isn't going to be a good holiday."

Red Bank Fire Department, Signal Mountain Fire Department, Walden's Ridge Emergency Services, Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department, East Ridge Fire Department and Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue responded to the fire.

One person was taken into custody for his disturbance at the scene.

No names have been released.


Firefighters responded to another fire just 20 minutes before on Miller Avenue. Crews reported flames visible when they arrived.

They were able to contain the fire quickly but the home was a total loss.

Red Cross is assisting 17 people total in the two fires.

The two fires are .3 miles away from each other but officials say they're unrelated. The causes are under investigation.

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