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Woman Arrested After Police Say She Set 5 Separate Fires Last Week

ASHEBORO N.C. – A woman was arrested after police say she set 5 separate fires in the Asheboro area that all occurred on the same day and in the same area.

Police began investigating on March 3rd after fire crews and the Fire Marshal’s Office called the Randolph County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Division to the scene of a fire on Cedar Grove Drive Extension in Asheboro.

Fire crews reported five separate and distinct fires with one spreading to a vacant outbuilding, a second fire ignited three vehicles and the three other fires burned wooded areas. No injuries from the incident. Police began investigating the fires as arson that day.

Tierra Shannice Smith
Tierra Shannice Smith

During that investigation, detectives with the Sheriff’s Office say they were able to generate a suspect who they identified as Tierra Shannice Smith. Following the investigation, Detectives took their evidence to the magistrate who found probable cause for the charges of felony burning certain buildings, felony burning personal property and five counts of misdemeanor setting fire to woods against Smith.

On March 4, 2022, Detectives arrested Smith, transported her to the Randolph County Jail where she was charged and issued a $15,000 secured bond with the release order of being placed on Electronic House Arrest when released. A first appearance was set for March 7, 2022, in Randolph County District Court.