Police: Suspect in custody after Orange Mound house fire

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We're on the seen of breaking news in Orange Mound where firefighters and police are investigating a fire that may have been set on purpose.

It happened in a home near the intersection of Semmes and Pendleton Tuesday afternoon.

Police handcuffed a young man, put him in a patrol car and drove away.

But at this time, we don't know if he has been charged with anything.

We're told the fire started around 1:30 p.m.

Police say it may been set on purpose, but a man who claims he's renting the house says it was just an accident.

He didn't want to go on camera, but he told us no one was hurt.

Neighbors we talked to are shocked to hear the fire might have been an arson.

They say the man who lives here is a good guy.

They don't know why someone might want to set his house on fire.

"I think it's an awful thing if somebody wants to set a house on fire. He seems like a nice guy. I don't know why anybody would want to set his house on fire," a neighbor said.

Of course, there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

On one hand, you have police investigating a possible arson.

On the other hand, you have a man claiming it was an accident.

We will stay on top of this and bring you the latest when we know more.

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