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Posted: 7:42 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013

5-year-old boy sets grandmother’s house on fire


5-year-old boy sets grandmother’s house on fire photo
A Cherokee County firefighter battles smoke from a window of a home on Blake Drive in the Copper Hills subdivision. (Photo: Tim Cavender/Cherokee County fire deparment)
5-year-old boy sets grandmother’s house on fire photo
A 5-year-old boy playing with a cigarette lighter ignited his grandmother’s house Thursday afternoon, Cherokee County fire officials said. (Photo: Tim Cavender/Cherokee County fire deparment)

By Alexis Stevens

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 5-year-old boy was probably in big trouble Thursday night after setting his grandmother’s house on fire in Cherokee County.

Firefighters were called to Blake Drive home, located in the Copper Hills subdivision off Knox Bridge Highway, shortly after 2 p.m., according to Tim Cavender, spokesman for the Cherokee County fire department. They arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the two-story home, he said.

Investigators determined that the fire started in a bedroom, where the homeowner’s 5-year-old grandson admitted he’d been playing with a cigarette lighter, Cavender said.

“The little boy came screaming out of his room that the house was on fire,” Cavender said in an emailed statement. “The grandmother stated that she threw a bucket of water on the fire, but the fire was too large for the water to do any good.”

A portion of the house was damaged by smoke, fire and water, but firefighters prevented any major damage, Cavender said. No one was injured.

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