3 arrested in string of Buncombe Co. barn fires


BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – Three people have been arrested in connection to a string of barn fires in Buncombe County.

“Their way of living just burned before their face, just that helpless feeling. We would hope that us making these arrests would give our community a sense of getting back to normal and feeling safe,” Buncombe County Sheriff, Quentin Miller said.

We previously reported officials were investigating five separate barn fires as possible arson incidents earlier this month. People who owned some of those barns said they were devastated by the damage. For the most part, those flames destroyed bales of hay they were depending on for the winter season.

Three people have been arrested, according to Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

20-year-old Anthony Dwayne Boyd, 21-year-old Blake Cameron Williams and 26-year-old Ashley Debra Neal have been charged with setting barns on fire in the Leicester and Sandy Mush areas, which took place on Nov. 3.

All three individuals are from the Leicester area of Buncombe County, deputies said. These arrests were made Tuesday morning by the Major Case Unit at the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.  

Each individual faces the following charges:

  • Five counts of Burning Personal Property
  • Five counts of Burning Certain Buildings
  • Five counts of Felony Conspiracy

All three remain in custody at the Buncombe County Detention Facility with a bond of $150,055.

“I hope our community members will now have some sense of safety restored despite their losses. Thank you to the numerous Detectives at the Sheriff’s Office that have worked tirelessly on this investigation over the past two weeks to uncover who set these fires and charge them. Thank you to our SCET Deputies for locating these suspects,” Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller said.

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