Kannapolis police charge juvenile with arson of home

Published 12:05 am Thursday, May 26, 2016

KANNAPOLIS β€” Police have charged a juvenile with starting a fire that displaced six people.

Firefighters responded to a house fire at 10:43 a.m. Wednesday at 2400 Wellington Chase Drive, city officials said in a news release.

When fire crews arrived, the three story home was engulfed in flames, the news release said.

Despite what the news release called β€œthe quick response and the assistance of additional fire departments,” the house suffered significant damage in the neighborhood of $400,00 to $500,000.

No one was at home when the fire started, and the family dog was rescued by fire personnel. Kannapolis Fire was assisted by Odell, Concord and Landis Fire as well as Cabarrus County EMS on the scene.

Wedneday afternoon, Kannapolis Police officers charged a juvenile with second degree arson of the home. No motive was given by authorities. Due to the age of the juvenile and the ongoing investigation, no additional information will be released at this time, city officials said in the news release.

The Red Cross is assisting the family.