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Man charged with arson in weekend Watertown house fire

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Hall indicated Akers and Green began arguing and got into an altercation. The police chief added that Akers admitted to starting the fire.


Hall said Akers lived at the home with Green and two children and pointed out no one was hurt in the fire.


Jewell said the fire was extinguished around midnight, Sunday. He noted another call came in about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday and emergency personnel found the fire had been rekindled and had fully-engulfed the home.


It was about 100 feet in the air, Jewell said of the flames, adding there was some damage to a neighboring home as well.


The fire was extinguished, and Jewell said the home was totally destroyed after the fire rekindled. Hall said they are still investigating where the fire began in the home and how it spread.


Akers is charged with arson, public intoxication and violating terms of a behavioral contract and is in custody at the Wilson County Jail. His bond is set at $60,000.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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