ROCKY POINT, NC (WECT) – The occupant of a residence destroyed by flames Wednesday night has been charged with second degree arson, according to Cpt. Ezzell with the Pender County Sheriff's Office.
Gary Futrell has been arrested and is currently in the Pender County Jail under a $20,000 bond.
The fire happened in the Willows Bay neighborhood in Rocky Point at 65 Turkey Creek Road.
Investigators said Futrell was home when the fire began inside the double-wide trailer.
They say that while Futrell was not injured, he was highly intoxicated, and they couldn't get much information from him about what happened.
Investigators don't think the home had working smoke detectors.
Charles Casey lives nearby and saw the fire from his house. He took pictures of the fire while his wife called 911.
Casey said the fire spread through the home quickly.
"It makes you more aware of how fast it can spread," he said. "It took no time. Before it was beyond, you couldn't do anything, even if the fire trucks were there earlier it was already gone."
Tom Collins, the director of Pender County Emergency Management, said fire crews have been busy over the past few months, with one to two fires every week.
"Some of it is carelessness; some of it's not," Collins said.
He is reminding homeowners the importance of having working smoke detectors.
"It just shows you aren't immune from it," he said. "I don't care who you are; it can happen to you. So, do everything you can to prevent them."
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