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Man accused of setting store clerk's car on fire after argument

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A Chattanooga man is accused of setting a convenience store clerk's car on fire following an argument.

Tuesday night, firefighters and police officers were called to a vehicle fire at the Mapco Convenience Store at 9101 Lee Highway around 10:30pm, according to Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner.

CFD Captain Andrew Waters said a customer got into an argument with the store clerk, and decided to set the clerk's car on fire in the store's parking lot.

An eyewitness saw the man attempting to start the fire and called 911. 

Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Dennis Thomason responded to the scene and put the fire out with a portable fire extinguisher. 

No injuries were reported and Captain Waters said the fire was put out before it could cause significant damage to the vehicle.

Officers with the Chattanooga Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff's Department responded and arrested the suspect a short distance away. 

The suspect was identified as Christopher Rozema, 36. Rozema was charged with setting fire to personal property and public intoxication. He was then transported to the county jail for booking.

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