Woman arrested for Cornelius duplex fire
A woman has been charged with arson in a Saturday evening duplex fire in Cornelius.
Caitlyn McCarthy, 20, has been arrested for Arson I and lodged in the Washington County Jail.
No one was injured in the fire, which displaced six people, including her.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, at 6:03 p.m. on Dec. 27, deputies who service the City of Cornelius responded to 416 S. 8th Ave. to assist the fire department with traffic control for a house on fire. The deputies helped people out of the duplex units, which was soon fully engulfed in flames.
Once the fire was extinguished, deputies learned that there were five people home at the time and one had walked away shortly before they arrived. Deputies worked to locate the missing resident, identified as McCarthy, and were eventually able to make contact with her.
Fire investigators responded and combed the debris for the source of the fire. On Sunday morning, with information provided by the fire investigators and an additional interview with McCarthy, she was arrested for setting the fire which destroyed the duplex.