Arson suspected in Sunday mobile home fire; naked man is suspect

Published 2:27 pm Monday, February 13, 2023

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Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a mobile home Sunday afternoon near Cooleemee.

The suspect was still on the scene, naked and going through some type of mental health issue, said Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brian Jacobs. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, and if charges are filed it will be after his release, Jacobs said.

The mobile home at 1765 Junction Road was vacant, and the fire was reported by a neighbor just before 2 p.m., he said.

Davie Fire Marshal Cameron Webb arrived just after sheriff’s deputies, and said the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames.

He thanked all agencies that helped, including the sheriff’s department, EMS, and the Cooleemee, Jerusalem, Scotch Irish and Woodleaf fire departments.