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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators say a man is in custody accused of setting a fire last night at a home with two people inside.

Brandon Combs, 27, is in jail charged with arson and injury to real property. Tonight we’re learning more about Combs’s online personality.

Pender County Fire Marshal Charles Newsman say the call for the fire came in just after 7 p.m. Sunday at a home on Highsmith Road near Burgaw. Newman says a mother and daughter were inside the two-story home when the fire started.

One look at Combs’s Facebook page may give insight into his mind before investigators say he set the fire. His posts range from bizarre to some we just cannot show. He routinely posted about Satanism, referring to himself as a Manson Family follower.

Self-described as bipolar his posts range wildly in tone. Less than a month ago, Combs’s posts took on a more positive spin saying he was in a relationship. Shortly thereafter, something changed, and his posts turned dark again.

“When you find out I’m dead just know it’s because of you,” he wrote. And later, “bye.”

Just before authorities got the call about the fire, Combs posted on Facebook, “The only thing worse than waking up alone… is waking up,” and then, “Cuttin (sic) people out of my life.”

Investigators say the call about the fire came in about an hour after this post.
Combs is in jail under $100,000 bond.

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  • anonymous

    By now the name and charges filed have been released. The charges are arson in the first degree and injury to personal property. I am a little shocked that there aren’t two charges of attempted murder. Two people were in the house when this fire was set. Sounds to me like he intended to kill them. At the very least, it sounds like he had intent to commit bodily harm. Where are the charges to protect not only the victims’ property, but the victims themselves? If I were the family in that home, I would insist that charges be filed against the arsonist for the danger he put my family in. Lives have more value than material possessions. Would you rather have the house or your mother/daughter??

  • SurfCityTom

    where did you read further charges will not be filed? The initial charges were based on the immediate facts as known. They get the suspect in custody and off the streets. There is nothing to prevent the filing of additional charges once the investigation is complete.

  • Guest2020

    They probably need to investigate in order to bring the proper charges against him.

  • Derek Bennett

    I made sure to delete the comment that happened to get a nice close up on that story. The little bear/creature in the photo was pretty freaking hilarious if you ask me. regardless, you act like Facebook had all the answers. People post crazy, wild, and weird stuff all the time. Doesn’t mean they are going to set a house on fire. Yes his stuff may have been a little more graphic. I’m just glad no one was hurt. At least now he can get the help he needs.

    It’s funny the comment was from DEC 26th 2013 Tisk Tisk ABC

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  • Anonymous

    That is very true. I just wanted to put it out there as food for thought. I happen to be close to the victims, and want to ensure that the fact that two of the victims were in the house is not brushed under the rug in light of the house being destroyed. My family and I are much more relieved that our relatives got out of the house than anything else. We very well could have been planning and attending funerals instead of buying toothpaste and necessities.

  • burgerboy

    goes to show you that face-book is for WEIRDOS and FREAKS and normal neurotypical ppl don’t spend there whole lives messing around on the computor like a NERD like these criminel trashbags! I don’t even got a face book, alls it does is stir up trouble anyway (also i bet that guy was a democrat u can tell from lookin at his profile lol!!!!)


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