published Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Man burned in camper fire

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Man burned in camper fire

A man sustained second- and third-degree burns to 90 percent of his body early Friday morning in a camper fire, according to Chattanooga Fire Department.

Anthony Webb, 52, was found sitting unclothed on the front steps of a home at 4031 Kellys Ferry Road in Lookout Valley after his brother rescued him from a fire near the property just after 4 a.m., according to a released statement.

Webb’s brother, Tommy Webb, told investigators that the two men were staying in the camper and were using a propane heater to stay warm when Anthony Webb’s clothes caught on fire.

Tommy Webb told authorities he was able to extinguish the flames on his brother’s body and take him to a nearby residence. He then went back to try to extinguish the camper fire, but it was already consumed.

Anthony Webb was taken to Erlanger hospital and is expected to be transferred to a burn unit in Augusta, Ga., authorities said.

Woman accused of setting blaze

A 35-year-old woman was charged Friday with aggravated arson in connection with an April 18 fire at a vacant residence, according to the Chattanooga Fire Department. When questioned, Mesco Freeman denied setting the fire.

Lebron Eason, who was sleeping inside the residence at 2506 Wheeler Ave., told investigators he awoke and saw Freeman lighting an unknown material. Eason said Freeman threw the flaming material in his direction, then fled the house, according to a released statement.

It’s unclear what the relationship between Eason and Freeman is, according to investigators.

Eason told authorities he initially ran after Freeman, but returned to the residence to try to extinguish the fire. He couldn’t and called 911.

Firefighters were able to contain most of the damage to a bedroom.

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