Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Suspicious Blaze Claims Life Of Pet Dog

The Cookeville Fire Department says they are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that did substantial damage to a house on Crescent Drive this week. Authorities say no one was home at the time, but witnesses reported seeing someone near the house just before the blaze was noticed. They say they arrived at the one-story wood frame structure to find smoke coming through the roof and fire coming out of the rear windows on the house. They also found a dog inside the home that had died of smoke inhalation. Fire chief John Kendrick says the fire apparently started on the main floor and quickly ran up the stairs to a loft area. He said the man who lives there had been staying elsewhere in recent days, which is why authorities have classified the blaze as suspicious. But Kendrick says -- depending on the investigation -- it may turn out be simply an accidental fire.