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NFD Arson Detectives Arrest Felon for Business Fire

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Fire destroyed the Nashville Hydraulics Business in West Nashville

Nashville Fire Department Arson Investigators arrested David McWhirter, 57 for starting a fire at Nashville Hydraulics, located at 711 51st Avenue on January 5, 2019.

McWhirter is charged with arson, burglary, vandalism, setting fire to property and a felony probation violation. He is currently being held in the Davidson County Jail without bond.

A caller to 911 alerted the Nashville Fire Department to the fire just after 3:00 am on January 5.

When NFD firefighters arrived the building was fully engulfed in flames. The personnel worked quickly to get the fire under control.

The building is deemed a total loss with a total of at least $177,000 in damages to property and contents.

McWhirter has previous felony convictions for setting fire to property, car burglary and theft of more than $1,000.

He is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Aaron Holt on January 15th at 9:55 am.

Remember you can help “Burn an Arsonist” by reporting arson to the confidential tip line at: 1-800-762-3017.

All calls to the line are confidential and you can earn a cash award of up to $5,000.

Arson Suspect David McWhirter