Fires destroy vacant barn and log home
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 07, 2014 | 1666 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As if a warm day and the heat of election night were not enough, Cleveland Fire Department firefighters were called to Inman Street near the Village Green, the scene of a raging structure fire.

According to information provided by CFD Chief Steve Haun, the call for aid was received just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

A vacant barn behind Best Realty, located at 699 Inman St., was fully engulfed.

Damage was assessed at $25,000.

Officials made contact with the owner of the property who told them that evidence of “a homeless person staying in the barn” had been found.

The owners reportedly had been cleaning out the structure and found a block fire pit inside and indications fires had been built inside the pit in the past.

According to Haun, CFD officials are continuing the investigation into the cause of the blaze.

- Bradley County Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Donnie Sullivan and Chief Troy Maney are continuing an investigation into an early morning fire that reportedly gutted a house early Saturday morning.

Firefighters responded to a Stinnett Road address just after 1 a.m. The homeowners were reportedly out of town.

Gabe West and his family were notified by Bradley County Sheriff’s deputy Paul Singleton that their home had burned, according to his report.

Sullivan said early Saturday morning the structure was a two-story, log-style home.

Sullivan provided a general estimated loss at $200,000.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting safety belt checkpoints in Bradley County beginning this weekend. Troopers will also set up sobriety checkpoints in Polk County beginning Friday.

The checkpoints will be set up in random locations in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.