Carter County

Deputies investigating possible overdose death, arson

Overdose and house fire

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. - Just days after deputies were called to a home about a suspicious overdose death, the same home caught on fire.

The Carter County Sheriff's Department was called to a home in the Stoney Creek Community on Blevins Hollow Road to investigate the death of Sabrina Smith on Saturday. Sheriff Chris Mathes said it appears Smith died of a possible overdose.

Deputies were called back to the same house Tuesday night for a fire. "It's just ironic that within a couple days we come back for a fire," Mathes said. "A very catastrophic fire."

Mathes said how the fire started and how many fires there may have been has investigators raising an eyebrow. "We're definitely looking at it as arson. And with the death happening in that close proximity, it's very suspicious circumstances we're dealing with," he said.

According to Mathes, there were two separate buildings involved in the fire. There was a camper that was backed up next to the mobile home. He said it appears there were two hot spots, one in each building, as if there were two fires at the same time. "It appears to be two fire origin spots," he said.

Investigators are trying to determine if the fire and death are related. "We need the autopsy to show cause of death and then we'll look at the fire to see if there's a connection," Mathes said.

Arson investigators spent Wednesday looking for signs of accelerants in the fire.

Mathes says the home was known for drug activity.

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