A mobile home fire Monday (March 12) in Hickory is being considered as arson, a suspect has been arrested. At 1:10 p.m. Monday, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 521 18th Street Place SW. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and one command unit.
Due to reports the fire was intentionally set, firefighters were advised to use caution while responding to the scene. Catawba County EMS and Hickory Police also responded to the incident. Upon arrival, firefighters reported the mobile home fully involved with fire. Firefighters worked to ensure there were no occupants inside the burning building and then worked to extinguish the fire. The fire was reported to be under control at 1:29 p.m.
No injuries were reported. Fire damages were considered heavy. The Red Cross responded to the incident and will be assisting the occupants. Fire investigators determined the fire was intentionally set. The news release from the Hickory Fire Department says a suspect was in custody and charges were pending.
The Hickory Police Department arrested 37-year-old Nora Mize Hill of Corry Drive in Statesville Monday and charged her with felony second degree arson, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, breaking and entering and injury to personal property. A Hickory Police Department spokesperson confirmed that the arrest is in connection to the mobile home fire. Hill was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today and April 10.