Three teens are facing charges connected to a fire near Mooresville.
Cam Lee Rowland, 19, of Concord is facing six counts of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts each of felony burning of personal property and breaking and entering a motor vehicle and one count of second-degree arson. A magistrate set bond at $25,000.
Two boys, ages 14 and 16, of Mooresville, will also face charges, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release.
Campbell said a fire was reported in the 700 block of Shinnville Road early Saturday morning. The residence was vacant and had not been occupied for some time.
A witness, who was driving by, reported seeing a vehicle parked in front of the residence as flames were beginning to become visible, Campbell said. That witness called 911. The witness saw the vehicle leave the scene at a high rate of speed, he said.
Sheriff’s detectives worked closely with the Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to determine the cause of the fire, which was ruled intentionally set.
As part of the investigation, the information which the witness gave was followed up on and three suspects were identified and interviewed by detectives. Information was obtained which showed the suspects were involved with this fire as well as possibly other fires which had been set in the city of Mooresville, Campbell said.
Some of the charges Rowland is facing are the result of incidents Jan. 30 when two vehicles were set on fire in the Coddle Creek Highway area.
The two juveniles are facing charges in the Shinnville Road fire.