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Hope Mills man charged with arson

Posted March 23, 2011 4:14 p.m. EDT
Updated March 23, 2011 4:54 p.m. EDT

— A Hope Mills man was charged Wednesday with setting two fires, authorities said.

Christopher Michael Williamson, 21, of 2937 Thrower Road, was charged with second-degree arson and burning certain buildings. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $25,000 bond.

Arson investigators said Williamson set fire to a nearby abandoned home early Wednesday by using a cigarette lighter to ignite a pile of leaves. A short time later, firefighters were called to Williamson’s address after he set a section of grass on fire in front of the home, investigators said.