SUPPLY -- About a week and a half ago three suspicious mobile home fires broke out in a Supply neighborhood. Now someone is in custody and police and neighbors are surprised at who it is. A 14-year-old girl faces three arson charges. Police say she caused damage on Bluebeard Trail -- three empty mobile homes destroyed by fire. Nobody was hurt but neighbors wondered if they would be next. Sheila Newton says a young girl rode her bike through the neighborhood after the first fire broke out pointing out which houses would be next, just a day before the next fire. Authorities confirmed the girl Newton saw on the bike is who they have in custody. They say she appeared to have started the fires alone, by lighting matches. Newton said, "It's really a shock knowing a 14-year-old child would do this and do it by themselves. It really is a shock." Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Cpt. Gene Caison said, "This is rare as far as I'm concerned. It's the first time I've had any experience with anything like this." Newton commends sheriff's deputies for patrolling the neighborhood in the days after the fires. She and her neighbors still have concerns. She says many of them installed security cameras and alarm systems. The suspect is at the New Hanover County juvenile detention center awaiting a hearing.
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