Early-morning fire destroys Claxton house

A fire early Monday morning destroyed a home in Claxton, according to a report from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

The fire was reported at around 4:45 am at 178 Blacksferry Road and when Deputy Matthew Landis arrived, he noted in his report that the entire structure was engulfed by flames. Claxton firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze.

The homeowner, Raymond Fox, was located by relatives and returned to the home, telling Deputy Landis that he had gone fishing at a spot off of Mehaffey Road at around 10 pm Sunday night. He told Landis he had not left anything burning when he left but added that people are “always coming to his house and smoking outside near the corner of his bedroom.”

Claxton firefighters later told Landis that Fox had told them that he believed that someone had broken into his basement through a door at the rear of his house “to have sex on the washing machine and that…must have started the fire.”

The Criminal Investigation Division is working to determine the exact cause of the fire, which injured no one.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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