UPDATE: Man charged with arson and attempted murder

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A man was charged with first degree arson and attempted murder in connection with a house fire in Middlesboro.

Police arrested 26-year-old Jonathon Brock Stansberry late Saturday afternoon.

No one was hurt in the fire. The homeowner says she was only worried about her pets.

Smoke was the only thing 45-year-old Clorah Falconer could see when she woke up in her home.

"I woke up coughing this morning. When I got up I couldn't see anything around me. I started running around and turning lights on, and I still couldn't see nothing. It was pitch black," said Falconer.

The living room floor is where Falconer and police say the fire started although no one ever saw any flames.

"There was a big burned pattern and I just kept crumpling through it when I was running back and forth. I couldn't figure out why it was crunching underneath my feet," said Falconer.

And Falconer says she has no idea what could have started the fire but did notice her front door was unlocked which worried her.

She was able to make it out of her home alive but only with the shirt on her back and a few of her pets.

"It didn't burn me up or my animals. I may have lost three birds, but they can be replaced. The rest of them got out too, so I'm very happy that I got out," said Falconer.

Officials are working to figure out exactly what happened at the house on Chasteen Drive that could have taken Falconer's life.

"We're not ruling out anything at this time, but the evidence has been collected. The case is under investigation," said Justin Barton, who is with the Middlesboro Police Department.

Falconer plans to return home in a couple days when her home is smoke-free.

Stansberry is in the Bell County Detention Center.

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