Salisbury police arrest one for September apartment fire

Published 1:20 pm Wednesday, December 11, 2019

By Liz Moomey

SALISBURY — Police have made an arrest for a fire they believe was intentionally set in September.

Tamia Shanae Hickson, 22, of Salisbury, was charged with felony first-degree arson, felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Hickson turned herself in on Monday afternoon.

The charges stem from a Sept. 15 incident at an apartment on South Main Street.

Salisbury firefighters responded to a fire early morning on Sept. 15 at 1205 S. Main St., Apt. C. The fire was located at the middle apartment of a two-story, multi-family residential apartment building.

Salisbury Fire Department’s Loss Prevention and Investigations Division and Arson Task Force determined the cause of the fire was arson that day.

Police Spokesman Lt. Greg Beam said the fire was started by the occupant’s ex-girlfriend.

According to the police report, the walls and pictures on the walls were spray painted. The TVs in the home were damaged.

The fire was started in a small cabinet next to the stove in the kitchen, a police report stated.

According to the police report, Hickson admitted to her ex-boyfriend she had started the fire. The court ordered messages between Hickson and and her ex. Those texts were used against her.

There was $20,000 in damage to the apartment, and six people were displaced, according to police.

Hickson remains in the Rowan County Detention Center. She is being held under a $25,000 secured bond.