Nashville Fire: Man faces arson charges following 'total loss' Nashville Hydraulics blaze

Photo: Nashville Fire Dept.

A 57-year-old man has been charged with arson following a fire at Nashville Hydraulics. Investigators said the building was a "total loss" after the blaze.

Fire investigators with the Nashville Fire Department arrested David McWhirter in connection to the Jan. 5 fire on 51st Avenue.

McWhirter is charged with arson, burglary, vandalism, setting fire to property and a felony probation violation.

Nashville Fire was sent to investigate after a 911 call at 3 a.m. on Jan. 5. When crews arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames and firefighters worked to get the blaze under control.

The building is deemed a total loss by fire investigators with a total of at least $177,000 in damages to property and contents.

A representative with the Nashville Fire Department said McWhirter has previous felony convictions for setting fire to property, car burglary and theft of more than $1,000.

He is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Aaron Holt on January 15th at 9:55 am. He is currently being held in the Davidson County Jail without bond.

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