Meth lab causes fire
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jan 23, 2013 | 1678 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Fire Department firefighters responded to a structure fire Tuesday. After the flames were out, officials made a scary discovery.

According to a report filed by CPD, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office investigators learned a clandestine methamphetamine lab had caused the fire.

Firefighters rushed to a 14th Street quadplex Tuesday morning just before 11.

Smoke was reportedly coming from one of the units.

Firefighters found damage to the kitchen with heat and smoke damage throughout the unit.

According to the report, the apartment had been vacant and quarantined due to a previous meth lab being discovered there last week.

After a follow-up investigation, BCSO investigators determined the fire had been started by someone who had broken into the quarantined apartment.

CFD’s report indicated contributing factors were spontaneous combustion or chemical reaction which ignited floor covering in the kitchen.

Damage was assessed at $10,000.

Investigation is continuing.

- A Brook Bryson Road resident reported a theft and vandalism had occurred at her residence during the past few days.

Helen Knight told deputy Mitchell Roe of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office someone had entered an outbuilding and taken a number of items.

A copper gas line was also cut from where it was connected to a propane tank into her home.

Knight said she had been out of town for approximately a week and when she returned Sunday, she attempted to light her gas heater.

Knight couldn’t get the pilot light on the heater to work and began to investigate further.

She called a friend to aid in helping her find the problem. They discovered the gas line had been cut and stolen. A black tool box for a truck was also missing.

Later Sunday evening, Knight called the Sheriff’s Office to report a utility trailer and aluminum scaffold walk board had been taken.

On Monday, Knight foundsomeone had taken two aluminum loading ramps .

According to the report, her loss and damage were estimated at $1,081.

Investigation has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

- A Lawrimore 20-foot trailer and 60 sheets of steel roofing material were reportedly stolen from an 8th Street address.

The theft was reported Monday.

Dillon Lang told deputy Jeremy Guthrie the vehicle had been parked at a rental property.

Lang said 15 sheets of brown roofing were on the trailer and 45 sheets of random colored sheets were stored beside a mobile home located on the property.

A tenant at the mobile home said he had seen the trailer at 2 a.m. Monday.

The theft was reported just after 9:30 a.m., according to the report.

Lang assessed his loss at $2,700.