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La Vergne Man Arrested, Accused Of Setting Fire To Own Home

La Vergne Man Arrested, Accused Of Setting Fire To Own Home

CREATED Jun 9, 2014

LA VERGNE, Tenn. – A Rutherford County man has been arrested after being accused of setting fire to his own home while his girlfriend and her two children were inside.

Officers with the La Vergne Police Department took 30-year-old Eric Sharpe into custody after his home on Forest Ridge Drive. They said he was involved in a domestic dispute late Friday night. The argument escalated until Sharpe allegedly set the house on fire.

The woman was able to get out of the home with the children.

Witnesses said when she got in her car and began to drive away from the scene when Sharpe jumped from a second story window and jumped on the hood before chasing her on foot.

The woman crashed into a nearby mailbox and kept on driving.

A neighbor heard the crash but did not come out of her home until another neighbor knocked on her door.

"When I came out of the house, the first police officer I saw, I told him that there were two adults and two children that lived there, that's all I knew. I didn't know if they were there or not, but I did notice that the car wasn't there," said neighbor Diane Amico.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the house fully engulfed in flames. One firefighter had a minor injury to his hand after attempting to run into the home after neighbors said children may have been inside.

Officials said the house was a total loss.

The family dog was unable to get out of the house and was killed in the fire.

Sharpe was found about a mile away from the house. Officials said he was facing charges for arson, assault, endangerment and animal cruelty.