House fire results in arson arrest

Published 6:15 pm Friday, April 17, 2020

On Friday, around 11:30 a.m., the Watauga Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 103 Basin Road concerning a report of a mobile home fire. Upon arrival, the mobile home was fully engulfed. With the aid of Stoney Creek and Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Departments, the fire was quickly under control and extinguished. The mobile home is a complete loss.
After an investigation by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, deputies arrested 42-year-old Shane Uriah Helbert and charged him with aggravated arson. A witness saw him walking away from the scene of the fire shortly after emergency responders were called to the scene. Deputies arrived shortly after Helbert was spotted and took him into custody.
Deputies also spoke to the homeowner, who stated that Helbert was renting the property that burned down. The homeowner also told deputies that there was a prior history of Helbert damaging the property, and he believed Helbert was responsible for the fire. Investigators also determined the cause of the fire to be arson.
Helbert is being held in the Carter County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond.

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