On Aug. 4, multiple fire departments were dispatched to 8165 Rhodelia Road for a fully involved cabin fire. Firefighters were met by very difficult terrain upon arrival. Rhodelia Road drops down into a holler just before Clark’s Tavern, where the driveway for the cabin begins and winds up the hillside to the residence. The narrow tree lined driveway would not allow for many of the fire response teams to get their trucks up the drive, especially the tankers. As a result, they staged on Rhodelia Road, and the firefighters riding in them were transported up the hill in a pickup truck bed. The cabin was a complete loss, but things did not add up. After an investigation, it was believed that the structure was burglarized and then burned using an accelerant.
On Aug. 15, the Meade County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on a residence at 8960 Rhodelia Road. They found Curtis R. Decker, 37, of Guston, at the location. Items from the cabin burglary were found there. The detective also found Decker to be in possession of a notebook with his name on it that listed additional items in detail that were not recovered from the search warrant. Decker denied any involvement but admitted to carrying items stolen from the cabin into the residence where he was arrested.
Decker was transported to the Meade County Detention Center and detained with charges of Arson, 2nd degree and Burglary, 2nd degree. More arrests are expected to be made.
Firefighters were loaded into the back of a pickup truck and transported up the hill to the cabin.
Two tankers, an engine and an ambulance stage on Rhodelia Road due to the difficult terrain.