Nashville FD Arson Dog leads investigators to suspect in Madison fire

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A man is accused of setting a vacant house on fire in Madison.

Donald F. Todd Jr., 47, is charged with arson in connection to a fire at 302 Williams Avenue at about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The Nashville Fire Department said Arson Dog Spencer was able to find the presence of an accelerant after crews put the flames out.

Spencer's nose then followed him to a shed on the property, where police say Todd was found.

According to a Metro Police affidavit, witnesses say say that Todd and his girlfriend were staying at the home for over a month.

Todd was reportedly in altercation with his girlfriend earlier Monday evening. He allegedly threatened to burn the house to the ground.

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Todd was out on bond for an unrelated vandalism charge. He is also on probation and has a lengthy arrest history with convictions for felony burglary, felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police are also investigating Todd as a possible suspect in Madison business burglaries.


Crews are on the scene of a house fire on Williams Avenue in Madison.

According to officials, the home was fully engulfed.

No one was inside the house at the time and reportedly appears to be abandoned.

Nashville fire says the power was out when the fire occurred. A fire rescue dog responded to the scene for further investigation into the cause.

While it is unclear if connected to the fire at this time, police did arrest a white male at the scene.

Stay with Fox 17 News for updates.

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