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Investigators: Zaxby's fire not connected to Ervin brother


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities say a brother accused of attacking his parents was not involved in a fire at a Snellville restaurant.

Police say 17-year-old Cameron Ervin and 22-year-old Christopher Ervin drugged their parents and tried to blow up their home using candles and natural gas on Sept. 5. When that plan failed, police say they stabbed their father, beat their mother and attempted to strangle both.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter exclusively told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander on Tuesday that there were similarities to an August 28 fire at a Zaxby’s on Stone Mountain Highway Southwest and the plan to burn the Snellville home down.


According to Porter, Cameron Ervin worked at the Zaxby’s, and was at the restaurant the time of the fire. Porter said the Zaxby’s fire was sparked by the natural gas line, and that it began in the kitchen. Porter had said similarities between the restaurant blaze and the attempted house fire were “too close to ignore.”

Late Tuesday evening, Gwinnnett County Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge said that investigators had ruled the fire as accidental on Sept. 16. According to Rutledge, the fire happened as two employees attempted to move hot gas-fryers in order to clean behind them. Investigators determined that either a weak gas hose or weak hose connection caused vapors to be ignited by another fryer. While Ervin was at the restaurant when the fire occurred, he was not in the area where the fire began.

After being informed of the fire investigators' findings, Porter said that his office will review the results.

"In the interest of a thorough investigation, we had no choice but to look," Porter said. 

While a motive in the alleged attack on the parents hasn't been solidly established, Porter said last week that Cameron Ervin was upset that his parents forced him get a job. Cameron alleged told his mother during the incident that he had planned the attack since he was 11.

As 11Alive reported, the Ervin brothers were visited by their parents on Friday.



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