Man charged with arson after girlfriend’s home destroyed

Man charged with arson after girlfriend’s home destroyed

NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - A fire Wednesday night that destroyed a mobile home near Newton was no accident, say officials. 51-year-old Richard Lee Morris was charged with First Degree Arson.

Deputies say witnesses say Morris was at the home Wednesday evening arguing with his girlfriend and threatened to "burn the house down."

A short time later, Morris, according to investigators, came out of another room and smoke started pouring out behind him.

Four adults in all were inside the home on East Ridge Drive and all escaped.

Morris was treated for minor smoke inhalation and then was arrested. Investigators are still trying to determine exactly how the fire was started.

Morris was jailed under a bond of $40,000. A court appearance is set for Dec. 28.

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