Son Charged With Arson At Browns Chapel Property

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Justin Goostree (age 34)

(MURFREESBORO) The Rutherford County Fire-Rescue's Arson Investigation Unit has charged Justin Goostree with using gasoline to start last Sunday (7/21/2019) afternoon's fire at his mother's unoccupied property at 5541 Browns Chapel Road.

The 34-year old son had been staying there as a squatter, after being told to leave the premises.

Investigators learned that Goostree reportedly suffers from depression and had been staying at the residence. After utilities were turned off, he allegedly borrowed gasoline from a neighbor stating that he was going to burn the house down.


Rutherford County's Fire-Arson Investigation Unit and La Vergne's Fire Marshal reported to the scene of the fire and worked into the evening sifting through evidence and interviewing witnesses. The fire was confirmed to be arson.

Goostree was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated arson by the Arson Investigation Unit. He has also been charged by the Rutherford County Sherriff's Office with other allegations that were uncovered with the investigation.


Fire fighters worked for over four hours attacking the flames and smoke. The high temperatures and heat indices required extra hydration measures, and additional crews from other agencies were requested to assist as well.

A special thank you to these agencies who worked as a team: Rutherford County Fire-Rescue, La Vergne Fire Marshal, Almaville Volunteer Fire Rescue Department, Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department, Murfreesboro Fire Rescue, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services, and Rutherford County Sheriffs Office.

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