A neighbor is charged with aggravated arson for setting a fire outside a residence where a 4-year-old and two adults were living. No one was injured in the incident that left the three victims shaken.
It is one of three structure fires the Cumberland County Fire Department responded to last week, two of which were under investigation.
Bradley Ryan Miller, 35, 181 Miller Ridge Rd., was arrested Friday shortly after 10 p.m. Miller’s bond was set at $100,000, according to reports filed by Assistant Fire Chief John Hall, Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Griffin and Deputies Keyton Harthun and Norman Seiber.
On May 28 around 2 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the home of Leonard Olson on Miller Ridge Rd. on a report of a car and trailer on fire. When responders arrived Olson told them that he, granddaughter Jennifer Mathes and a 4-year-old were in the house when the incident occurred.
Hall told the Chronicle that something got the granddaughter’s attention and when she looked out her bedroom window, she saw a car and the side of the mobile home on fire. Her screaming awakened and alerted the two adults and all escaped safely.
Olson, however, suffered minor burns when he attempted to extinguish the fire set on the vehicle.
Hall said whoever was responsible poured gas on the back of a vehicle and then poured a trail of gas to the side of the trailer before igniting the gas.
Three days later the granddaughter again alerted those in the mobile home that there was a fire outside the her bedroom and a storage shed. This time the setting of the fire was captured on surveillance video. Miller was later charged with the felony arson charge.
He will make an appearance in General Sessions Court.
County firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home fire off Legion Loop and Hwy. 127 N. and arrived to find the livingroom area and front porch destroyed by fire. Once extinguished, firefighters determined that the fire started in the area of the front porch.
Hall said while the cause of that fire is puzzling to investigators, there is no reason to suspect anything but accidental at this time. The cause of that fire remains under investigation.
Firefighters believe that a discarded cigarette might have been the cause of a mobile home fire on Lantana Rd. around 9 a.m. on May 28. No injuries were reported and the fire was quickly extinguished with superficial damage reported to the porch and side of the residence.