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Boyfriend Charged With Arson After House Burns

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by Chris Conte

WATERTOWN, Tenn. - A Watertown man was arrested on Sunday morning after police said he set his girlfriend's house on fire, and then admitted the whole thing to neighbors.

"He knocked on the door and said, ‘You'd better call the fire department. I just started the house on fire,' and I didn't take him seriously until I saw the flames," recalled John Russo who lives next door.

Officials said the fire started around 10:45 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters managed to extinguish it, but then around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, it ignited again. The house was a total loss.

"There's no reason for it to happen," Russo said.

Watertown police arrested and charged 43-year-old Scott Akres with arson. Investigators still don't know how he allegedly started the fire.

No one was hurt in the blaze. Russo ran around the back of the house to save his neighbor's dog, Arena, from the intense heat of the fire.

"I don't think his intent was to hurt anybody, but there's an awful lot of hurt happening," Russo added.

The homeowner and her two children are staying with friends until they can find a more permanent place to live. 

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