Police: Winston-Salem woman charged in Grove Street house fire

Published 2:44 pm Thursday, August 6, 2015

By Shavonne Walker


A Winston-Salem woman faces felony offenses three days after police say she set fire to a Grove Street home, displacing the tenant and his two brothers.

Salisbury Police say Temiah Shanae Bloomfield, 20, was charged Thursday with one count first-degree arson and four counts burning of personal property. She turned herself in at the Winston-Salem Police Department, which served the arrest warrant, said Salisbury Police Detective Russell DiSantis.

The arson charge covers the structure itself while the four counts of burning personal property includes the three occupants of the home and the property owner, who also had personal items there.

DiSantis said there was a relationship between Bloomfield and one of the occupants of the home.

The fire occurred Monday just before 8 p.m. at 522 Grove St. at the home where Sidney Nicol has rented for the last two years.

He’d left home for work when he received a call from his brother saying his house was on fire. No one was hurt during the fire, but Nicol’s brother was temporarily trapped in the bathroom. He told a Post reporter his brother was locked in the bathroom, but managed to get himself out.

His other brother, who also lives at the house, was locked out. Sidney Nicol’s two dogs, Lexi and Leys, were inside the home and ran out behind Nicol’s brother. The family lost everything, Nicol said.

What wasn’t destroyed by fire was damaged by water. According to the Forsyth County Detention Center, Bloomfield has already been released on bond.

Bloomfield has two pending Forsyth County court cases for traffic infractions later this month.