Sheriff: Man set ablaze mobile home with 5 kids inside
MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is accused of setting the mobile home containing his five children on fire.
News outlets cite a release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office that says 37-year-old Floyd Elmer Tate IV locked himself and his children inside the home Wednesday after pouring and lighting gasoline on fire. Deputies responding to a call found the caller and Tate outside, with the fire extinguished.
An investigation revealed that Tate extinguished the fire before it could cause major damage. Deputies removed the five children from the home. The sheriff’s office says the children were between the ages of 5 and 12. No injuries were reported.
Tate is charged with arson, communicating threats and child abuse. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.