The man wanted in connection with a house fire on County Road 131 in Cedar Bluff on Friday is now in custody. Officers from the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Cedar Bluff Police, and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, located 50 year old Aaron Rochester of Cedar Bluff and he was placed into custody early Sunday morning morning.
Rochester is being held in connection to a fire that sent one person to the Burn Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after being severely burned on County Road 131 in Cedar Bluff.
According to Chief Investigator Josh Summerford, the victim and the suspect were involved in a relationship. At the time the fire started an argument occured and thats when Rochester assualted the victim and set fire to the residence.
Rochester was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center at 1:21 p.m. on Sunday on charges of Attempted Murder and Arson 1st Degree.
Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation very little information is being released at this time.
Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville, Centre Fire Departments received the initial call at 8:39 Friday night reporting the blaze, upon their arrival the victim whose name is not being released at this time, was found laying in the front yard of the home suffering from serious burn injuries. She was immediately rushed from the scene by Cherokee EMS Paramedics and taken to a landing zone at Cedar Bluff High School and flown to a Burn Unit in Atlanta.
The home itself suffered extensive damage.
Firefighters were on the scene through the early morning hours. State Fire Marshal Ray Cumby, Senior Forensics Investigator Mark Hopwood with JSU’s Center for Applied Forensics and members of the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit were called to the scene.
This is an ongoing investigation and we will have updates as more information is released.