Authorities say a Monday night house fire erupted when a woman who thought two people were living in her attic decided to “burn ‘em out.”
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Enlow arrested the woman, 51-year-old Patsy Faye Neugin, for third-degree arson and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Enlow was dispatched at about 8:45 p.m. to a home on East 757 Road, where he found smoke filling the interior of the home. After Enlow rang the door bell a number of times, Neugin finally answered.
Enlow said he began ventilating the home by opening the front and rear doors. A portion of the garage floor had charred blankets and similar items strewn about, and a large coffee can was still on fire.
Welling firefighters responded to take care of the blaze.
“When I asked Ms. Neugin what was going on, she stated she was trying to ‘smoke ‘em out,’” Enlow reported.
Neugin reportedly told deputies that she believed a man and his girlfriend had been living in her attic for about two weeks. Enlow said he was unable to find anyone else in the home.
Neugin was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center, where jail staff found plastic straws, several pieces of foil, and five small plastic bags – two of which contained a white, crystal-like substance. That substance tested positive as methamphetamine, Enlow reported.
Booking records show Neugin remained at CCDC on Tuesday without a bond.