Woman Charged With Burning Home

A Johnston County woman is accused of burning down a home she was renting.

The fire was reported on March 2nd at 1150 Howell Road outside of Princeton.

A witness reported seeing 33 year-old Melissa Woodard Norton leave her rental home about 60 seconds before it became engulfed in flames.  The home was destroyed by the fire.

Norton reportedly lost most of her belongings in the blaze. Unconfirmed reports indicate Norton was in the process of moving from the address when the fire occurred. A motive for the fire was not immediately released.

Norton was charged by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office with second-degree arson.  She was jailed under a $20,000 bond.

Photos by John Payne