Chattanooga man charged with arson

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A man with a reported history of calling 911 to report burglaries, thefts and assaults finds himself in jail for arson.

Michael Helton, 33, of Chattanooga is being held on a $50,000 bond after investigators determined he set his own house on fire.

According to the arrest affidavit, the incident happened early Tuesday morning at his home in the 200 block of Brently Woods Drive.

Authorities were dispatched to the home after receiving a 911 hangup call. It was at that same address where the fire department was dispatched to put out a significant fire in the master bedroom.

Helton reportedly told investigators that several hispanic men fired guns at him then set the home on fire. But when investigators searched the scene, there were no signs of forced entry, bullet holes or shell casings to indicate Helton was attacked.

Through the course of their investigation, Hamilton County Sheriff deputies determined that Helton used gasoline to set his home on fire.

According to authorities, Helton has a history of calling 911 to report burglaries, thefts and assaults but nothing he has reported in the past has ever panned out to be an actual crime committed.

According to the arrest report, this isn’t the first time Helton has been involved with setting fires.

In 2014, Helton plead guilty to reckless burning after police observed Helton setting a fire in his garage with a burning gasoline can in his hand. 

His wife told police that her husband has had a problem with drugs, paranoia, occasional violence and delusions that someone is out to get him.

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