Woman Wanted for Arson that Hospitalized Local Firefighter is Finally Caught

By: Lanetra Bennett
January 20, 2014

Bainbridge, GA - Authorities have finally caught up with a woman wanted for starting a fire that hospitalized a Decatur County firefighter.

Authorities believed she burned down a home on Planter Street in Bainbridge back in August. Witnesses say Gaddis had an argument with the couple who lived there.

She was found last week hiding in a home in Broward County, Florida. She's awaiting extradition.

By: Lanetra Bennett
August 22, 2014

Bainbridge, GA - A firefighter was injured while battling a fire that police are now calling an arson. He's still in the hospital; and officers are now looking for the woman they believe set the Bainbridge home on fire.

Bainbridge Police have a warrant out for the arrest of Brandi Gaddis. Officers say evidence has led them to believe she's responsible for setting fire to the home at 516 Planter Street.

It happened before 11 a.m.last Saturday.

George Smart lives next door. He says he noticed the car that police say Gaddis was driving sitting in front of the house for about ten minutes. "When I came back, the red Focus came around back flying out and went that way."

He says all of sudden he smelled smoke, and turned and saw fire coming out of a front bedroom window. "It was burning. I didn't see nobody. I didn't see nobody come out the door. I seen the fire, so I ran over there and said call 911 because the house is on fire." Says, Smart.

No one was home during the fire, but, someone was hurt. It was a firefighter. Captain Shannon Dunaway.

Area resident Amos Jackson says, "I hollered, hey, man, move! When I told him to move he didn't move. But, the whole porch fell off. I seen it collapse. I was standing right there watching, and I tried to come over and help him."

Captain Dunaway has been in the hospital since then.

Police say a couple of days before the fire, Gaddis had a fight with family members of the couple that lived in the home.

Police did not have a photo for us to show you, but, officers say Brandi Gaddis is a 29-year-old black woman, believed to be driving a burgundy Ford Focus with a North Carolina license plate.

They say she could have gone to north Georgia or Florida.
Anyone with information is urged to call Bainbridge Public Safety at 229-515-0091.

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