Minor Fire Causes Evacuation Of Barger Academy; Blaze Was Deliberately Set In Bathroom; Student, 11, Arrested

Friday, March 7, 2014

There were some tense moments at an elementary school in Brainerd shortly before noon on Friday  when a fire was discovered. Chattanooga fire investigators were able to quickly identify the person believed responsible for starting the fire at Barger Academy.

 Lt. Henry McElvain with the Fire Investigation Division took an 11-year-old boy into custody and charged him with aggravated arson. The boy is a student at Barger. Early this afternoon, Lt. McElvain transported the youth to the Juvenile Detention Center for processing.

The loss from the fire was estimated at $10,000. No injuries were reported. Captain Anthony Moore assisted with the investigation.

The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 11:46 a.m. and responded to Barger Academy of Fine Arts at 4808 Brainerd Road with six fire companies. Battalion Chief Fredrick Blake said that evacuation of the students and faculty was nearly complete when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. 

Chief Blake said the firefighters located the fire in a boy’s bathroom. The volume of smoke was significant enough that the firefighters pulled out a hand-held hose line in preparation for a significant fire. Fortunately, it wasn’t needed. The firefighters carried in a couple of portable fire extinguishers and finished putting out the smoldering fire. No injuries were reported. 

The fire damage was contained to the bathroom, but there was a lot of smoke and it spread throughout most of the school. Firefighters brought in high-powered fans to ventilate the building, but the cleanup was expected to take several hours, so the decision was made to cancel classes for the remainder of the day.

The fire appears to have been deliberately set. Lt. Henry McElvain with the Fire Investigation Division said it appears that someone started a fire in or near a paper towel dispenser in the bathroom. The investigation will continue. Chattanooga Police and Hamilton County EMS also provided assistance on the scene.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ANDERSON, CODY LEE  4601 ENGLISH AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 18 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga CRIMINAL TRESPASSING THEFT OF PROPERTY VANDALISM/MALICIOUS MISCHIEF --- ANGEL, LATOSHA ADA  49 BICE LANE GRAYSVILLE, 37338  Age at Arrest: 36 years old Arresting ... (click for more)

Woman Arrested For Leaving Small Child And Puppy Inside Hot Car At Chattanooga State

Shea Anderson, 24, was arrested for leaving a small child, a pit bull, and a puppy unattended inside a hot car on Friday. Police were dispatched to the parking lot behind the Branch Center for Advanced Technology building at Chattanooga State at 1:50 p.m. They found a small girl sweating inside a white SUV and a pit bull in the front floorboard of the vehicle. Police said ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Yes, A Social Experiment

JoeySalads, his screen name, is widely known for his funny pranks except for the fact he calls them “social experiments.” So while we are still on the transgender-restroom issue, our boy JoeySalads got a transgender friend to approve his attire before he tried his luck at entering women’s restrooms. I don’t think you’ll be real surprised at what really happened in this video. Click ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC Hosts Inter-Squad Scrimmage Saturday

Chattanooga FC will hold an Inter-squad match Saturday, May 7th, 7:00pm at Finley Stadium. The event is open to the public and free for all who attend.  The 2016 roster is set! The Inter-squad match will be the first chance for fans to see their CFC team in action. After the game, everyone will have the opportunity to get autographs, take photos, and talk with players, ... (click for more)

Baylor's Kayla Hughes Named FCA Christian Athlete Of The Year

Baylor School softball star, Kayla Hughes, was named the Greater Chattanooga FCA’s Christian Athlete of the Year at the ministry’s annual Day of Champions Sunday afternoon at Ridgedale Baptist Church.  Hughes, who will continue her softball career at Tennessee Tech, was chosen from among twelve high school FCA senior leaders nominated by area schools.  This is the 53rd ... (click for more)