Woman Accused Of Burning Her Own Home

A Johnston County woman was arrested after she allegedly set fire to her own home causing approximately $10,000 in damage.

Around 8:00pm Friday, Johnston County deputies were called to a domestic dispute between a husband and wife on Inez Drive in the Ridge Crest subdivision off Massengill Pond Road.  Deputies spoke to both parties and cleared from the scene as the man and his son were leaving to pick up dinner.

Deputies said as they pulled out of the driveway, there was an unrelated medical emergency call at a home across the street and officers responded to assist EMS crews.  While on the scene of the medical call, officers looked across the street and saw the front porch on fire at the residence where the domestic disturbance had previously taken place.

A deputy ran across the street with a fire extinguisher and attempted to put out the blaze. He was aided by a neighbor who had a garden hose but they could not extinguish the flames.  The West Johnston Fire Department responded and put out the fire.

An officer said Erica Louise Welch, 48, of Inez Drive, Angier was standing near the fire holding a cigarette lighter but denied starting the fire.  There was also an odor of gasoline.

Welch was charged with fraudulently burning a dwelling, a felony. She was booked into the Johnston County Jail under a $50,000 bond.

Her husband and son reportedly returned home to find their home had been damaged by the fire. No injuries were reported.