Investigators: Woman huffing gas causes apartment fire - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Investigators: Woman huffing gas causes apartment fire

Posted: Updated:
A Chattanooga woman was arrested in connection with a fire on March 29 at Mountain Brook Apartments.

Captain Craig Haney says he and other firefighters noticed the strong smell of gasoline in the apartment where the fire occurred. They called in the Fire Investigation Division to investigate. Evidence suggested one of the two occupants had been sniffing, or “huffing” gasoline in the apartment’s bathroom.

The person sniffing the gas apparently lit up in the bathroom. With the room full of gas fumes, a fire erupted. The two occupants in the apartment were not injured. Chattanooga firefighters responded quickly and were able to contain the blaze to just one apartment unit. The dollar loss was estimated at $75,000.

Victoria Daniels was arrested following investigation. Officials say Daniels and her husband were evicted from Mountain Brook Apartments and were staying at the HomeAway Extended Stay Studios on Northpoint Boulevard in Hixson.

Officials say when they responded to the motel they could smell gas from inside. Daniels refused to answer the door, so the investigators entered through a window and apprehended her. Inside, they found two one-gallon bleach containers full of gas inside the motel room.

Daniels faces six counts of reckless endangerment. That charge stems from the danger the other residents were exposed to when Daniels’ gas sniffing led to the fire at Mountain Brooks Apartments, according to investigators.
  • NewsMore>>

  • American waistlines are still expanding

    American waistlines are still expanding

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:41 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:41:26 GMT
     While body mass index, a key measure for obesity, has stabilized, our bellies have increased an inch over the last decade — to a circumference of almost 39 inches.More
     While body mass index, a key measure for obesity, has stabilized, our bellies have increased an inch over the last decade — to a circumference of almost 39 inches.
    More
  • NY Dog Turns Up in Florida Nearly 3 Years After Disappearance

    NY Dog Turns Up in Florida Nearly 3 Years After Disappearance

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:38:50 GMT
    More than two years after a New York man's dog disappeared from his home, the pooch mysteriously turned up in Florida.More
    More than two years after a New York man's dog disappeared from his home, the pooch mysteriously turned up in Florida.
    More
  • Very nice weather through the weekend

    Very nice weather through the weekend

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:22:24 GMT
    We are still 5 days away from fall, but our weather is finally turning away from summer and toward the cooler time of year.  Average highs are in the low 80s this time of year, and we will hover around that through next week.More
    We are still 5 days away from fall, but our weather is finally turning away from summer and toward the cooler time of year.  Average highs are in the low 80s this time of year, and we will hover around that through next week.
    More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.