A local man is charged with two counts of aggravated arson after an incident involving fireworks caused a fire at a Fayetteville Housing Authority development last week.
The fire occurred at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at a duplex located at the corner of South Bellview Avenue and Hamilton Street, said Capt. Jeff Smartt of the Fayetteville Fire Department.
“A young man had thrown fireworks on the roof of one of the apartments, and sparks got into the attic of the building through a vent,” said Smartt, adding that the sparks resulted in the fire. Fayetteville firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the attic of the structure and extinguish it.
The building housed two residential units, he said, noting that both units were occupied at the time. No one was hurt in the blaze, he said.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene Thursday and investigated the fire.
On Friday, Caleb Maddox Sawyers, 18, of 2538 Brown Shop Road, Petersburg, was charged with two counts of aggravated arson in connection with the fire. He was held at the Lincoln County Jail on $600,000 bond, according to records. Making the arrest was Sgt. Tull Malone.
“The building sustained quite a bit of water and smoke damage,” said Smartt.