Teen charged with attempted murder, arson in Jackson house fire

Officers and Firefighters responded to the 700 block of Seymour Avenue for a house fire with suspects still inside.
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Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 12:42 PM EDT
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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) - The Jackson Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday morning for a structure fire at a residence in the 700 block of Seymour Avenue.

A 69-year-old woman and a 40-year-old woman were inside at the time of the fire, according to Jackson Police and Fire Services Director Elmer Hitt. The 69-year-old was able to exit out the front door and the 40-year-old jumped from a second-story window.

Both women suffered from smoke inhalation. The 69-year-old had burns to her hands and the 40-year-old sustained a fractured ankle. Both females were transported to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital. However, the 69-year-old was transferred to the U of M Hospital where she remains in stable condition.

Sergeant Richard Burkhart located the alleged suspect, an 18-year-old man, and interviewed him. Police said the suspect admitted to setting the fire and was arrested for first-degree arson and attempted murder.

The accused suspect, 18-year-old Trenton Ganton was arraigned on two counts of assault with intent to murder and 2nd degree arson. He is being held at Jackson County Jail on a bond of $500,000 according to officials.

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