Boyfriend Charged In Sunday Morning Apartment Fire

A fire this weekend that damaged two units of a Greenville apartment complex was intentionally set.

Police now have charged the boyfriend of one of the victims with starting that fire.

James Davis of Wilson is charged with one felony count of assault by strangulation and 2nd degree arson after police arrested him for an apartment fire over the weekend.

The fire at College Towne Row Apartments on Evans Street broke out just before 5:00 a.m. Sunday.

According to a Greenville police arrest report alcohol was involved between Davis, his girlfriend and another man inside the apartment before fire crews were called. Everyone did get out safely, but police say damage is estimated at $170,000.

Davis is now in jail under a $76,000 bond.

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Firefighters responded to 1107 Evans Street a building in the College Towne Row Apartment complex in Greenville just before five Sunday morning.

Officials say there were two people in the apartment at the time of the blaze, a man and a woman both in their mid-twenties who managed to escape without injuries.

Of the two apartments in the building on the bottom sustained fire damage, the top apartment is vacant according to Battalion Chief Tony Smart.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    I'm actually good friends and grew up with the man who started the fire. It's sad.. definitely a victim of his schizophrenia. He's a great kid with a good heart who would never purposely hurt anyone, in his right frame of mind. Always welcomed my house to him.. it's sad to see him made out to be the monster I know he isn't. I'm glad that the woman made it out okay. Doing what I can to see if I can help..
  • by Tonya on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    I am just wondering why the man that caught the guy is not mentioned here.... He was working and stopped in the middle of the road to help. He chased this guy all the way to Sheetz where HE not the police caught him and held him until the police arrived.... I do not know why he hasn't been mentioned for his act of help in this matter..
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      by A real friend of the real victim! on Jul 27, 2011 at 08:37 PM in reply to Tonya
      Tonya..ur rite wat ur husband did was over an beyond the call of any man I've ever met in Greenville!! he did a awesome thing!! Yes he did chase an hold down the fire starter til the police got there..THANK U TO U AN UR HUSBAND!! U R TRULY GREAT PEOPLE!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    The accused is a schizophrenic. Those around him claim to have "seen this coming" and "seen him unraveling" for two weeks before this happened and did nothing to get help for him before he had such a huge breakdown.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:28 AM in reply to
      If he was schizophrenic then he wouldnt have lit the fire in the first place, he would have been scared to even think about lighting it. Time to do your research.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to
        Then that could work in his favor. It's not been said exactly how the fire was started. Time to not be condescending.
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      by me on Jul 27, 2011 at 08:39 PM in reply to
      if u weren't there u have no clue wat was goin on he fooled everyone including his precious sister n family if u don't kno the fact do us all a favor n mind ur matter wat he did a very thought out an malicious act n he needs to pay for his actions..
  • by I was there for all of it!! Location: greenville,NC on Jul 19, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    U need to truly get ur facts rite b4 reporting..not one reporter talked to the 1 an only Victim..Read the police report..Officer Robbins went over an beyond her job to find all the facts an truth..this man James lit the fire watched the fire burn til we showed up to remove him from the house he ran an was tackled in sheetz parking lot an arrested an admitted he started the fire told an outlandish story of how it happened..he tryed to strangle the victim b4 starting the fire wat was his true intension...GET UR FACTS RITE B4 U REPORT OR COMMENT ON THINGS!!
  • by FACT CHECK Location: greenville on Jul 19, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    EX BOYFRIEND at the time thanks! Makes a big difference.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    I don't think he is winningggggggggggg!
  • by anon Location: gvegas on Jul 18, 2011 at 02:57 PM
    Man, he looks like a real winner!
  • by not really on Jul 18, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    Thanks for this info WITN - I commented on the article telling you this information yesterday. He admitted freely that he did it. You could have had this info yesterday
  • by Harriet Location: Greenville on Jul 18, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    The arsonist should be made to pay all damages to the owner of the apartment. He should also be charged with attempted murder. Alcohol is NOT an excuse!
  • by A Location: Goldsboro on Jul 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    Did anyone else notice that the bond that was set was less than the amount of the damages?

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