RED SPRINGS — Authorities on Wednesday charged a Red Springs woman with setting fire to an Old Lowery Road home and yard last week.
Christina Beasley, 22, of Red Springs, was charged with second-degree arson and burning of personal property for setting fire to the 3853 Old Lowery Road home of Roy Clark, according to sheriff’s Lt. Brian Duckworth, an arson investigator. She had been living in the home.
Beasley was arrested on Saturday and charged with larceny by employee against the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services for using a state credit card to buy $33 in gasoline on Nov. 4 after she had been “let go” as an employee, Duckworth said.
Beasley was “irate” and using profanity when she was brought before the magistrate, who sentenced her to 10 days in jail for contempt of court and set her bond at $5,000, Duckworth said.
When she was charged on Wednesday with arson, Beasley refused to provide fingerprints or a DNA sample, and was given no bond until she provides them, Duckworth said. As of Wednesday afternoon, Beasley remained in the jail without bond.
Duckworth said Beasley had been staying at the Old Lowery Road home with Clark’s son, Robin, 46.
“They had an altercation that morning. She was told to get out of the house,” he said.
Beasley later returned to the home and set fire to a trash can in front of a curio cabinet in the kitchen, and to the yard outside the home, Duckworth said.
At least $10,000 of damage was done to the home, which is insured, Duckworth said. The fire in the yard damaged a 3,000-square-foot area.
Fire Marshal Stephanie Chavis assisted in the investigation.