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Man Charged With Arson For Setting Franklin Home On Fire

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Luther Cleveland Still, Jr. Luther Cleveland Still, Jr.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – A Franklin man was charged with aggravated arson after police said he set his own home on fire with his family inside during a domestic disturbance. 

Luther Cleveland Still, Jr., age 40, was arrested late Wednesday night after police officers had to forcibly remove him from his burning home after he barricaded himself inside.

Police and firefighters were called to the home on Eastover Court in the Rogershire subdivision around 7:45 p.m. in response to the fire and domestic disturbance.

Still lived in the home with his wife and one child. Still's wife went to a neighbor's house after the couple had an argument. Shortly after that, police said Still set fire to his bedroom with a 19-year-old and two juveniles inside the home. 

They were able to make it out safely.

Still barricaded himself inside the home, and it took firefighters some time to start fighting the fire because they were afraid he might be armed. Once officers removed him from the home, they found he was not armed.

Damage was estimated in excess of $200,000. Fire investigators were on the scene Thursday morning trying to determine how Still started the fire.

Still was held at the Williamson County jail on $300,000 bond.

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