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Deputies: Woman sets mobile home on fire in Jacksonville, gets arrested

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - A woman has been arrested on second-degree arson charges after officials said she intentionally set a mobile home on fire in July 2017.

Chastity D. Keeter, 30, was charged with second-degree arson in Rockingham County.

On July 10, 2017, around 9:25 p.m., the Onslow County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to assist the Onslow County Fire Marshall’s Office with the investigation of a structure fire reported at 900 Fire Tower Road.

Authorities said that the location had been the subject of a previous report of a fire on July 3, 2017, where allegedly someone broke into an occupied residence while they were sleeping.

The suspect set the couch on fire, causing minor damage, authorities said.

An investigation revealed that the fire that occurred on July 10, 2017, was intentionally set and caused extensive damage to the mobile home.

The fire was contained by the Southwest Volunteer Fire Department and no injuries were reported.

The family dog and cat were rescued from the home and were not injured.

The fire was discovered by someone who alerted the neighbors and called 911.

A further investigation concluded with Keeter's arrest. 

Authorities said that Keeter has a history of incidents involving fires, including six suspicious incidents in the past year.

Keeter was previously convicted on January 24, 2004, for second-degree arson in Rockingham County.

She was given a $10,000 bond.

This is a joint investigation with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Marshall that is ongoing and additional charges are expected.


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