Athens police have arrested a 62 year old resident of the Bomar Inn and charged her with felony arson in the February fire that severely damaged one room at the aging motel. Authorities say Beverly Burroughs Harrison set a package of cooked ham afire and tossed it into a waste basket before exiting the room where she was living. The subsequent fire then produced an explosion when it came into contact with a bottle of butane lighter fluid. Harrison is currently being held in the Limestone County Jail.
From February: The Bomar Inn on Highway 31 in Athens is not the icon of hospitality it once was, even if it may still bring out the public for its large adjacent restaurant and home cooking. Unfortunately, the name often appears in conjunction with fleeing felons or others in arrest reports, and reviews online are not glowing.
This morning an explosion rocked one of the rooms, blowing out the door and windows. No one was in the room at the time, and there were no injuries reported. Both Athens fire and police were on the scene and expect to make a statement later.
Explosions aren’t exactly an every day event, unless one is in the business of making fireworks or methamphetamine. It’s a pretty good guess which came into play at the Bomar earlier today.