Arson suspected in vacant house fire
by Staff Report
Sep 27, 2011 | 1717 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Fire Department has ruled a fire at an uninhabited Baker Road residence the result of arson.

According to a Bartow County Sheriff's Office report, BCFD Battalion Chief Bryan Cox said the investigation revealed the fire had two points of origin in the dining room of the house. Cox said it appeared as though trash was burned inside the residence, according to the report.

Personnel said Monday that the blaze, which occurred about 11 p.m. Sunday, was contained to one room and the contents. There was no power connected to the house.

BCFD also worked a small brush fire near the TA on Cass-White Road Monday afternoon. The fire was quickly under control, and Georgia Forestry was called in to assist.

Driver admits 'I'm DUI'

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the driver of a 1996 Buick became apologetic and blatantly honest after an accident at Joe Frank Harris Parkway and Grassdale Road.

According to the Cartersville police report, Adam Burton of Canton was driving the 1996 Buick when he ran the red light, striking a 1999 Jeep Cherokee.

Police located Burton in a taxi at the Waffle House near the incident. The driver said the other driver chased Burton who ran through bushes before Burton hopped into the cab and "offered [the driver] $300 to 'get him out of' there."

Burton told police, "I was and I am drunk." He then admitted, "I hit him. And I have been drinking. I'm DUI." Burton denied leaving the scene and apologized profusely through the incident.

The officer located several empty beer cans in Burton's vehicle, which had a large amount of fresh grass along the front although officers could not find the secondary accident site.

Burton was arrested and charged with DUI, open container, hit and run, and required obedience to traffic control device.