Man charged with burning house down in Carter County

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 17, 2020 at 7:29 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Carter County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a man Friday afternoon on a charge that he burned down a house on Basin Road.

Shane Uriah Helbert, 42, charged with aggravated arson. Deputies said a witness saw Helbert walking away from the scene of the fire shortly after emergency responders were called. Deputies arrived shortly after Helbert was spotted and took Helbert into custody.

Deputies also spoke to the homeowner, who stated that Helbert was renting the property that burned down. The homeowner also told deputies that there was a prior history of Helbert damaging the property, and he believed Helbert was responsible for the fire. Investigators also determined the cause of the fire to be arson.

Helbert is being held in the Carter County Detention Center on $40,000 bond.

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