Cause of Central Living @ Carson Fire Determined to be Arson
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information on a devastating fire that occurred on Nov. 14, 2016 at the Central Living @ Carson Townhomes construction site located near South Tryon Street and South Boulevard. After an investigation of the incident, ATF has determined that the fire was intentionally set.
On Monday, the Charlotte Fire Department responded to a reported fire at a construction site known as the Central Living @ Carson Townhomes. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered heavy fire coming from the roof of the building and substantial fire activity in several of the units. ATF Certified Fire Investigators partnered with investigators with the Charlotte Fire Department and an accelerant detection canine for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire and conclude that the fire was intentionally set.
No injuries were reported, though damage estimates for the structure were determined to be approximately $3,000,000. ATF, the Charlotte Fire Department and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will continue to investigate the incident.
ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of arson. Anyone with any information about this crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473) or by visiting www.reportit.com (link is external) (link is external) or through the mobile “reportit” app, available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store. All calls will be kept confidential.