Chattanooga fire investigators responded to a car fire at 5953 Shaw Ave., shortly before 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
The car was a loss, but it did not take long for the fire investigators to determine that the fire was deliberately set.
After a brief investigation, the investigators asked for help from the Chattanooga Police Department to search for a suspect, identified as Daryl Powell, 45.
Captain Anthony Moore with the Fire Investigation Division said that within a few hours, they found Powell on the street, walking to a relative’s house.
Powell confessed to starting the fire, was taken into custody and charged with setting fire to personal property. He was then transported to the county jail for booking.
Captain Moore said Powell’s motive for burning up the car was linked to a domestic dispute with a relative.
Lt. Henry McElvain assisted with the investigation.