Investigation continues into Wednesday evening house fire
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 03, 2013 | 1304 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Fire Department officials are in charge of an investigation after a fire destroyed a home on Laurel Drive.

The fire occurred late Wednesday evening after an automatic alarm call was received at Bradley County 911.

Moments later, the homeowner called and reported the fire.

According to CFD fire and arson investigator Ben Atchley, the fire originated in one of the home’s bathroom areas and was possibly caused by a lamp.

Atchley said firefighters extinguished the blaze, which had caused extensive damage.

Firefighters were called back to the scene early Thursday morning after a Cleveland Police officer had spotted the house once again in flames.

Atchley reported the home was a total loss.

Investigation is being continued.

Although an official value was not immediately available, officials said the home and contents were possibly valued upwards of $300,000.

- Four people were arrested for aggravated trespassing and other charges after they were reportedly discovered on property owned by Bendabout Farms.

According to a report filed by deputy Paul Allen, he and Cpl. Daniel Marlow spoke with Phil Mathews of Bendabout regarding someone being at a residence and garage that had been recently purchased by the farm.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a Geo Tracker inside a garage.

Heather Snoke, 28, and Ryan Drake, 20, of Harrison were inside the garage painting the vehicle.

While checking behind the residence, Marlow “observed Tonya Smith, 24, and Carl Smart, 24, shooting up methamphetamine with a syringe,” according to the report.

All four were detained for further investigation.

Mathews gave consent for deputies to search the residence and other areas including the vehicles which were on the property.

After a brief search, they discovered alleged meth and syringes in the Tracker and inside a Ford pickup truck.

Further investigation revealed the truck had been stolen in Hamilton County.

All four were charged with aggravated criminal trespassing, theft over $10,000, possession of Schedule II (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were transported to the Bradley County Jail and booked on the charges.