Raleigh woman charged with setting fire at a school
Posted January 13
Updated January 14
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh woman faces multiple counts of arson for allegedly setting fires at an elementary school and two homes on Monday.
Elizabeth Zelle, 61, was charged with setting fire to a plastic table, doors, a mechanical unit that supports an air conditioning system and an outdoor plastic storage unit at Durant Road Elementary School. Officials discovered the fires, which were away from the main building, when they arrived Monday morning. The fires were out when they arrived, but as a precaution the school was evacuated and cars and buses were not allowed to unload students.
Zelle is also accused of setting fires at 3609 Smokey Chestnut Lane and 9013 Deerland Grove Drive while the homeowners were inside.
Zelle has been charged with three counts of burning of a school house, two counts of first-degree arson and one count of resisting a public officer. She remained in the Wake County jail Monday on a $150,500 bond. Her first court appearance is Jan. 14.