Woman charged with arson after house fire
BAKERSVILLE – A local woman was briefly hospitalized and later charged with a felony in connection with a Saturday, April 20, house fire just outside Bakersville.
Vicki Shealy, 55, of Quartz Ridge Road, has been arrested and charged with arson of an occupied dwelling. The charges stem from a Saturday, April 20, house fire Shealy allegedly started after a domestic dispute with her boyfriend.
Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Det. Cecil Hobson said investigations by the sheriff’s office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation revealed Shealy allegedly tossed a burning towel into the attic of the house in an attempt to “burn out” her boyfriend, Daniel Bowen. Bowen told police he thought he had extinguished the fire, but the house soon filled with smoke and he exited the house after kicking out an attic window. Bowen then got Shealy out of the house and began performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her, Hobson said.
Shealy was first taken to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and then to a burn center in Charlotte, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and internal burns. Bowen refused care at the scene, according to the report.
Bakersville, Bradshaw, Fork Mountain, Ledger and Parkway fire departments responded to the fire, which has been deemed a total loss, Hobson said.