Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mattress Fire Leads To Criminal Charges

A Putnam County man is facing a number of charges today after he allegedly set fire to a mattress at a home on Plunk Whitson Road. The sheriff's department says 30-year-old Brian David Barefield has been charged with arson.  The call began when Barefield's grandfather was awakened early Tuesday morning by the smoke detector going off in his house.  He went to his grandson's bedroom and reportedly found the younger man sleeping on a mattress that was on fire.  He took part of the mattress and threw it in the yard, and the county fire department arrived on the scene to make sure the blaze was out.  Deputy Chris Miller also responded to the scene and claims that Brian Barefield was passed out on a mattress that appeared to be burned. He alleges that Barefield smelled strongly of alcohol and says the man told him that he set the mattress on fire because he was "mad at his grandpa."  In addition to the arson charge, Miller obtained warrants charging Barefield with  reckless endangerment, domestic assault and resisting arrest.