A woman accused of setting fire to a mobile home in the Southwest area was arrested Tuesday.
A convicted felon has been accused of burning her Fire Tower Road home and causing more than $15,000 in damage.
Chastity Dawn Keeter, 30, of Fire Tower Road, was charged Thursday by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office with second degree arson, according to the release.
Keeter is accused of setting fire to her own home, 900 Fire Tower Road Lot 1, around 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, causing extensive property damage.
According to Onslow County Communications Specialist Cornelius Jordan, estimated property damage totaled $15,000-$20,000 following the fire, according to a press release from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.
"The property was deemed a total loss due to smoke and heat," Jordan said.
The exact cause of the fire, Jordan said, remains under investigation by the Onslow County Fire Marshal and Sheriff's office.
No injuries were reported in the fire, which was contained by Southwest Volunteer Fire Department, and pets including a dog and cat were rescued from the home, the release stated. A passerby alerted 9-1-1 of the fire.
According to the release, Keeter has had six “suspicious incidents” in the past year involving fires. The home was also the subject of a previous report of a fire where someone broke into the home and set fire to the couch.
Keeter has been previously convicted of misdemeanors possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 27, 2004 in Rockingham County; felony second degree arson and two counts misdemeanor second degree trespassing on Sept. 6, 2005 in Rockingham County and misdemeanors professing or harassment by threatening language on the phone and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance on Oct. 4, 2005 in Rockingham County, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Keeter bonded out under $10,000 bond, according to VineLink.
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