Sarah Willets Staff writer
November 1, 2013
LUMBERTON — Two people from Pembroke have been charged with setting a fire last year that burned a mobile home, a barn and several cars.
John Casey Caulder, 21, and Katherine Ave Privette, 19, both of the 5000 block of Union Chapel Road, are each charged with first-degree arson, burning other structures, burning personal property and injury to personal property, according to Lt. Brian Duckworth, an arson investigator with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
They are accused of setting fire to the back porch of mobile home on Melissa Drive on on Dec. 15, 2012. The fire was reported at 5:13 a.m. by Karen Marie Cashwell, whose boyfriend owned the home. She and her daughters were inside at the time, said Duckworth.
The fire then spread, engulfing a pool, a nearby storage building and its contents and three cars, said Duckworth. Caulder and Privette are also charged with slashing the tires on two of the vehicles.
According to Duckworth, tests show an accelerant was used in the blaze.
Duckworth says Caulder and Privette knew Cashwell, and that the incident followed altercations concerning money.