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Warrant issued in Atlanta arson case

6:58 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta arson investigators have issued a warrant for a 22-year-old man accused of setting fire to his parents' home.

Brendan Middleton is accused of starting the fire early Monday at a house in the 1800 block of Greystone Road NW.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek said, "Units responded to the location on a fight call. The victims at the actual home reported that they were having an altercation with their son, and at some point they made the son leave the home." 

Peek said that in retaliation Middleton returned to the house.

"He kicked the door in and started a fire at the location, and then fled the scene prior to police arriving," Peek said. "At this time, he is still at large." 

The father was injured not by the fire, but during the argument he was hurt, and taken to the hospital and to be treated. The injuries were minor cuts from glass that happened during the fight.
There were no direct injuries from the fire, Peek said. No one was burned, police believe.

"There's minimal damage on the front side of the house, and the backside of the house has quite a bit of damage around the kitchen and the area around the back door," Fire Chief Stephen Hill said.

Arson units, Atlanta Police officers and fire investigators continue to work on scene to find out exactly how the fire got started. All domestic charges and fire charges are pending. 

"There is a history of domestic issues with the family and son, but we don't know how deep it is at this point," Peek said.

Anyone who sees Middleton or knows his whereabouts is asked to call Georgia Arson Control at 800-292-5804.

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