- 5/19/2013 Shepard designs dream room
- 5/19/2013 Sue Jolly Award will honor student Mock Trial Team member
- 5/19/2013 Anglican Church to host homeless meeting
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta bookings
- 5/19/2013 Suspect sought in theft of Walmart cell phones
- 5/19/2013 STEMfest exposes students to principles of science, technology
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta crime blotter
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta High School hosts 309 student runners
- 5/19/2013 Predators fall to Knights in walk-off fashion
- 5/12/2013 Predators stumble against Knights, face uphill battle
- 5/12/2013 Lady Predators have to win to stay in
- 5/12/2013 Phil Schaefer reflects on North Augusta history
- 5/12/2013 North Augusta golf team’s season ends in Sumter
- 5/12/2013 NAHS grad named SEC Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year
- 5/12/2013 World’s No. 1 disc golfer pays a visit to Hippodrome
- 5/19/2013 Column: Downtown developments: Vacations less and less important
- 5/19/2013 Wrinkles: Recognizing mothers and angels
- 5/19/2013 Phragments from Phyllis: A mother’s a mother for the rest of her life
- 5/19/2013 Letter: Bring the troops home from Afghanistan
- 5/19/2013 Column: New PASS exams intended to benefit student performance
- 5/19/2013 Chaplain's corner: In his hand
Woman charged with arson following house fire
A woman was charged with a felony count of arson following a house fire at Longleaf Court last Friday, according to North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
The house was destroyed in the fire, which firefighters from over half a dozen area departments attempted to extinguish for approximately three hours.
A follow-up investigation into the cause and origin of the fire determined that a resident of the home, Carrie Knotts, started the fire intentionally, said Lt. Tim Thornton with NADPS.
Public Safety detectives joined with the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division's Arson Investigation Unit to determine Knotts used turpentine as an accelerant to start the fire, according to a press release. Knotts has been arrested and formally charged.
Thornton said an emergency 911 call was received shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday. The first on the scene was an Aiken County sheriff's deputy. The deputy made contact with Knotts outside of the home. The other inhabitant of the home was reportedly currently out of town and accounted for.
When responders arrived at the house, they found it engulfed in flames, according to Thornton.
Firefighters and responders from North Augusta, Aiken County, Belvedere, Beech Island, Midland Valley and Merriweather were at the scene.
"The severity of the situation is that the house is gone," said Thornton. "It is a total loss, and it has burned to the foundation. The firefighters could not make a successful attempt."
Knotts, 46, has been booked by North Augusta Public Safety and later transported to the Aiken County detention facility.
No firefighter was injured during the battle.