A call came in at 5:11 p.m., according to Cobb Fire spokeswoman Denell Boyd, about a house fire at a home on Oak Hills Road, less than a mile northeast of the Mableton Elementary School and South Cobb Regional Library.
Boyd said it did not take long to put out the blaze, but the eight to 10 Cobb Fire vehicles with 22 responders remained at the scene because of a strong chemical smell.
Fire personnel stayed at the residence for four hours “as backup in case of an explosion,” Boyd said.
The 911 caller had said the blaze was from a “cooking fire,” but did not specify what was being cooked, Boyd said. The caller hung up on the 911 operator and did not answer when the operator tried to call back.
Boyd said she “cannot confirm it was a meth lab, but it all points to looking that way.”
Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said all six jurisdictions of the MCS Unit, a combined force for Marietta, Cobb and Smyrna that investigates organized crime and narcotics, “came in force” and proceeded with caution.
Pierce said the officers were dispatched for an “unknown disturbance call,” because the 911 operator said there was “a verbal commotion in the background of the fire call.”
When officers arrived, they reported smoke and odor coming from the residence as people fled the home, Pierce said.
Pierce said officers were told by neighbors that the home was “known for drugs.” The Drug Enforcement Administration is heading the investigation.
Eight people were evacuated from the area for five hours Friday night. Boyd said the occupants of the house that caught fire, which was not severely damaged, denied assistance from the Red Cross.
According to the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s office, the property is owned by Kinsey Charles Edward and is appraised for less than $49,000.
The three-bedroom ranch was built in 1979 and includes a basement.
Pierce said he believe at least one man had been detained on the scene and the suspect was also treated for exposure to chemicals. Saturday afternoon, Pierce said he was unsure which department had made the arrest or the name of the suspect.
Nancy Bodiford, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, said there were no arrests made by the MCS unit.
According to an arrest report, Nicholas Samuel Lyle, who lives on Oak Hills Road in Mableton, was arrested Friday night at the scene of the fire.
The arrest report stated that Lyle, who has a tattoo on his left arm of a joker, was arrested by Cobb police at 9:10 p.m. on the corner of Oak Hill Road and Ayers Road.
Lyle was arrested on two misdemeanors charges of disorderly conduct for abusive words and obstruction of law enforcement, the warrant stated.
The warrant stated that Lyle lifted the yellow crime scene tape and walked through the middle of the restricted yard.
When asked to leave, Lyle yelled at the police officers, “I can do whatever the (expletive) I want to, pig. You don’t know who the (expletive) I am. I work for a law firm; my best friend is a (expletive) lawyer, pig,” the warrant stated.
Lyle was granted a $2,500 bond and was released Saturday morning.