Investigators say fire that destroyed Mooresville homes under construction was arson


Pictured above: Fire burns houses under construction in Mooresville’s Ashlyn Creek subdivision – picture courtesy of WSIC news partner FOX 46 & Kathy Maichl-Jones

MOORESVILLE, NC – Based on findings at the scene, along with eyewitness video taken prior to the arrival of the fire departments, investigators from local, state and federal agencies determined the fire which destroyed six homes under construction on Samara Lane was started intentionally and was not an accidental fire.

A joint investigation into the cause of the fire was conducted by Mooresville Fire-Rescue, Mooresville Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“We are now shifting our efforts to the task of identifying the person or persons responsible for this terrible act to find out why someone would purposely inflict this level of damage to another’s property,” said Mooresville Fire Marshal Geoff Woolard. “Thankfully, there were no civilian injuries in this incident.”

If anyone saw anything out of the ordinary in The Reserve or Ashlyn Creek neighborhoods in the days leading up to or on the night of October 22, please contact the Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be possible if the information leads to an arrest.

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Author: WSIC editor