The New Bern fire marshal says a man has confessed to setting fires at the Woodland Crossing Apartments.
Johnny Si of Red Robin Ln. was arrested around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Fire Marshal Danny Hill says Si confessed to setting three storage buildings on fire Monday afternoon. He is charged with two counts of burning of buildings, one count of attempted burning of buildings, one count of felony breaking and entering, and one count of misdemeanor injury to personal property.
Si is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.
New Bern Fire Marshal Danny Hill said crews got the call to Woodland Crossing Apartments in New Bern at 3:08 Monday afternoon.
Crews found separate fires smoldering in storage buildings 200, 300, and 400. Hill said each building has five to six individual storage units.
In one unit, crews found a pile of pine straw piled up outside the door.
At another unit, pine straw was found inside the actual unit. Hill said in this incident it appears a door had been open.
At the unit building, the fire appeared to be set from under a door.
All damage was considered minor and no injuries were reported.
Crews are working to compile a suspect description in this case