A man in Supply sets fire to a home but won't face arson charges

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A man in Supply burned down a house that the former residents had abandoned.

Authorities said Therman Simmons admitted to setting fire on Big Macedonia Road in Supply Monday night.  Now, the home is nothing but ashes.

Simmons was taking care of the property when he set it on fire.  According Simmons, he was in the process of inheriting the property from the Golden family.

Simmons said he decided to destroy the small house the Golden's abandoned years ago, because he wanted to replace the land with a new shed.

It took firefighters from several departments over 90 minutes and 6,000 gallons of water to put out the flames.  But despite the expense, Simmons won't be charged with arson.

"It's not unlawful to burn your own property, but it is unlawful to burn anything that can pollute the air," said Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner.

That being said, Simmons could eventually face a fine from the State Air Quality division.  That fine could be up to $20,000.