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Resident charged with setting fire to Apex assisted living facility

A Wake County man with a history of arson convictions has been accused of setting fire to the Apex assisted living center where he lived, according to police.

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Bobby Earl Holden
APEX, N.C. — A Wake County man with a history of arson convictions has been accused of setting fire to the Apex assisted living center where he lived, according to police.

Bobby Earl Holden, 50, was charged Friday with first-degree arson and placed in the Wake County jail under a $250,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Monday.

More than 50 residents and workers were at Brookridge Assisted Living Center, 312 Lynch St., when the fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, but no one was injured. The fire was contained to a utility room.

Holden has three convictions for arson and one for burning a public building, all in Wake County, dating to 1988, according to state Division of Adult Correction records. He has also been convicted of assault on a female and served more than seven years in prison.

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