ASHEVILLE – A 10-year-old faces 13 felony charges in connection with a string of motor vehicle break-ins and fires, Asheville Fire Department spokeswoman Kelley Klope said Monday.
The child was charged with eight counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles, four counts of burning personal property and first-degree arson for the burning of an occupied building, Klope said.
Emergency crews responded about 6:30 p.m. Sunday to a mobile home park on Monty Street, where a fire was set inside a vehicle, spread to another vehicle in front of it, then ignited a nearby home, Klope said. The residence had mostly exterior damage, arson investigator Breena Williams said.
Authorities later determined other vehicles in the area were broken into as well, with small fires set inside but without significant damage, Klope said.
The child, who was staying at the mobile home park off Sand Hill Road, was outside playing and set the fires with a lighter, Williams said. No one was injured in any of the fires and the vehicles were unlocked, she said.
The one fire likely spread because more paper was on the floor board, Williams said. The child is in custody at the juvenile detention facility, Klope said.