Suspect arrested, charged in fire that damages Kinston business

  • Source: WNCT-TV CBS 9 Greenville
  • Published: 06/17/2022 12:00 AM

Kinston police have arrested and charged a man for his part in a fire that damaged a business and several vehicles in the city earlier this week. Investigators obtained warrants for and arrested Willie McPhail on Wednesday. He’s charged with eight counts of felony burning of personal property and one count of burning of certain buildings. He was booked in the Lenoir County Jail under an unspecified secured bond. An investigation began Wednesday into a structure fire that burned several vehicles and caused minor damage to the G-Works Automotive building on North Heritage Street. The Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a fire in the rear parking/repair yard area of the G-Works property at 3:56 a.m., according to a press release. Southwood Volunteer Fire Department was called in to assist due to “heavy fire involvement.”


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