Arson suspect now facing 10 charges in Madison County

Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 7:14 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2021 at 6:53 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Ten fires were intentionally set across Madison county over the weekend. Police connected one man to all ten of those fires, set over a span of 3 hours. All ten fires happened between 5:20 pm and 8:36 pm on Saturday.

Plato’s Closet in Huntsville was one of the stores that sustained fire damage after the multiple fires on Saturday.

WAFF went to the scene of Plato’s Closet in Huntsville. According to store employees that we spoke to, the store sustained smoke and water damage. While it’s dry now, at one point the store had two to three inches of water due to firefighters and sprinklers. The smoke and water also damaged the inventory at the business.

”We believe they were intentionally set by one suspect that we do have in custody. We don’t believe there are additional suspects,” said Huntsville Police PIO Rosalind White.

The employees believe the fire was started using lighter fluid and a lighter. The store will be closed for at least a few weeks.

“We don’t know what’s in his head, we don’t know what led him to do this, other than he told investigators he felt like this is something that he was led to do,” said Brent Patterson. “Whatever that means, I don’t know, but we’re going to use every available resource we have to make sure it doesn’t happen again with this individual.”

Huntsville police say Hubbert is now facing six additional charges from Huntsville Police. According to HPD, investigators charged Hubbert with six counts of attempted arson on Friday for the other fires he is accused of intentionally setting in Huntsville.

According to Madison Police, Hubbert now faces two charges of attempted arson. Those charges are in connection with the incidents at Champy’s and Publix in Madison.

According to Brent Patterson with MCSO, Hubbert is now charged by the Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office with first-degree arson connected to the Dollar General fire on Winchester Road.

Connecting the dots

Dollar General Fire on Winchester Road in Huntsville
Dollar General Fire on Winchester Road in Huntsville(none)

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Huntsville Police Department and the Madison City Police Department have all opened an arson investigation into the fires.

HPD officials say they believe all the fires were set intentionally. An investigation is underway to determine a connection.

HPD arrested 24-year-old Nicholas Tremaine Hubbert on Saturday night. He has been charged with arson and booked into the Madison County Jail with a $60,000 bond.

The Madison Police Department announced that it was investigating fires at the Champy’s and the Publix on Madison Blvd. Both businesses reported fires on Saturday night. The department said it will be working with adjoining police jurisdiction to investigate the alleged arson.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says it believes one suspect is connected to all ten fires in the Huntsville-Madison area. The sheriff’s office says it has evidence that proves Hubbert was connected to all 10 arsons that happened Saturday night.

The first call came in at 5:20 pm for a fire at Walmart on 6140 University Drive. Then, Madison Fire and Rescue received calls for Publix and Champy’s at 6:02 pm and 6:07 pm. Police say Hubbert proceeded to Aldi, Dollar General at 1604 Winchester Road, Kroger, Dollar General at 125 Winchester Road, Plato’s Closet, McDonald’s, and ending at Dick’s Sporting Goods at 8:36 pm.

Huntsville Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Howard McFarlen says crews were efficient as possible.

“The trucks were dispatched to Aldi’s for smoke in the building. On the way they passed the Dollar General store that they could see was on fire. The captain made a great decision to split the resources to send part of them to Aldi and part of them to stop there,” said McFarlen.

He says HFR had enough manpower to manage the fires.

“We were really close to start calling in overtime personnel. We were handling everything, but again we saw and pattern and didn’t know when it was going to stop,” said McFarlen.

A list of the reported fires:

The Dollar General at 1604 Winchester Rd. on Sunday.
The Dollar General at 1604 Winchester Rd. on Sunday.(waff)

• 4851 Whitesburg Drive - Plato’s Closet

• 1795 US Highway 72 East- McDonald’s

• 2125 Winchester Road Northeast- Aldi

• 125 Winchester Road Northeast- Dollar General

• 6070 Moores Mill Road- Kroger

• 6140 University Drive- Walmart

• 2718 Carl T Jones Drive Southeast- Dick’s Sporting Goods

• 8000 Madison Blvd Ste A - Publix

• 8020 Madison Blvd - Champy’s Chicken

• 1604 Winchester Rd - Dollar General

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