Florida Teen Set on Fire

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP/The Loop) — Authorities say five Florida teenagers have been charged after they doused a 15-year-old with rubbing alcohol and set him on fire because he stopped someone from stealing his father’s bicycle a day earlier.

Michael Brewer was hospitalized with burns on more than three-quarters of his body after the attack at a Deerfield Beach apartment complex Monday.

The Broward County sheriff’s office said in a news release Tuesday that 15-year-olds Matthew Bent, Denver Jarvis, Steven Shelton and Jesus Mendez and 13-year-old Jeremy Jarvis were charged with aggravated battery. Mendez is also charged with attempted second-degree murder because authorities say he flicked the lighter. Authorities did not know if the five have attorneys.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

Quick Action Credited in UTC Fire



Here are the latest findings on the fire by the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Quick work by UTC security personnel helped avert tragedy early this morning when fire broke out in a student’s apartment in the 4000 Building at UTC Place.  Chattanooga firefighters received the alarm at 3:20 a.m. and responded to 801 E. 8th Street with six fire companies. 

 The fire started in Apartment 4204, and appears to have involved a couple of blankets on the bedroom floor.  Jean Marie Lawrence (22) is physically disabled and was unable to get out of her bed.  There was another adult male in the bedroom at the time, but he evidently ran out of the apartment when the fire broke out.

 As the other students evacuated the five-story building, UTC police and security guards rushed to Ms. Lawrence’s apartment and used a dry powder extinguisher to put the fire out.  Paramedics with Hamilton County EMS transported Ms. Lawrence to Erlanger Medical Center, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and a minor burn to one arm.  Her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, and she was expected to be treated and released.

 Lieutenant Anthony Moore with the Fire Investigation Division commended the UTC security personnel for their quick actions.  “Our firefighters had not arrived yet and the flames were spreading to the victim’s bed,” said Lt. Moore.  “If the UTC personnel had not put the fire out as quickly as they did, the victim would have had far more serious injuries.”  The damage to the apartment unit was minimal.  Lt. Moore said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 


CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) —  UTC Campus Police and the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a fire alarm in the 4000 Building of UTC Place Apartments around 3:20 a.m. on Friday morning.

A small fire, contained to one bedroom, was found and extinguished. One student was taken to Erlanger for smoke and minor burn related injuries.  The building was reopened to students within one hour.