NFD Arson Detectives Arrest Woman for Apartment Fire
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer
Investigators charge Catherine Parker with Aggravated Arson and
Reckless Endangerment for starting apartment fire.
Department Arson Investigators arrested Catherine Parker, 43 for starting a
fire inside her Madison apartment on April 10, 2019.
Just before 6:00 pm Catherine Parker called 911 to report a
fire in her apartment in the Hickory Chase Apartment Complex, located at 600
Engine Company 31 arrived on the scene within five minutes
of the emergency call. They found that the fire had gone out on its own, but
still used a booster hose to extinguish some hot spots.
There were two cats inside the apartment at the time of the
fire. Fire personnel used animal oxygen mask kits to revive the two pet cats.
NFD Arson Investigators questioned Parker after advising her
of her Miranda Rights. She agreed to speak with arson investigators and
admitted to setting the fire in her bedroom. According to Parker, she sprayed
the mattress with bug spray and then used a cigarette to set the mattress on
NFD Arson Investigators charged Parker with Aggravated Arson
and Reckless Endangerment. Parker is in Davidson County Sheriff’s custody on a
combined bond of $70,000.
Parker is due in General Sessions Court in front of Judge
Rachel Bell at 9:15 am on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
“Arson is a dangerous and possibly deadly crime against our
community,” Director Chief William Swann said. “Our experienced arson
investigators will continue to bring arsonists to justice to ensure arsonists
are not able to continue to destroy property and threaten lives.”
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.