Bridges’ ex-girlfriend, Beverly Bland, 34, was strangled before the fire, police said.Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bland family.
Two children who lived with Bland at the Garvey Drive house weren’t home at the time of the fire, police said.
Few said Bridges, 35, doused a sleeping bag with gasoline and laid Bland’s body on the bag to set it on fire. But his plan literally blew up in his face.
“When he threw that match, the vapors of gasoline are what ignited,” Few said. “There was an immediate fireball that blew the windows out.”
According to records obtained by Channel 2 Action News from the Fulton County emergency call system, Bland and Bridges worked together at the PetSmart distribution center in Newnan and had broken off a relationship in May.
A supervisor told emergency operators that following a dispute at work the day before the incident, Bridges would not let Bland out of his car.
The supervisor, Larry Miller, could not be reached by phone Tuesday, but he accused Bridges of “stalking” Bland, saying Bridges even entered her home through an open window the week before the fire.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
LaGrange Man Killed While Trying To Hide Ex's Body
The AJC reports that a fire in Fairburn last month was started by a man trying to burn his ex-girlfriend’s body.