WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Some residents of a Winston-Salem apartment complex woke up to smoke billowing in their room. Others woke up to the sound of bottles breaking their windows – an attempt to alert them to the fire.
The fire, which injured three people, broke out at the Plaza Apartments on Thurmond Street around 11:14 p.m. Monday.
A woman has been charged with arson after neighbors saw her throwing lit matches into a dumpster nearby right before the fire.
Officials discovered the fire was intentionally set by 41-year-old Teresa Evette Lineberger, a resident of the complex. Neighbors told police that the woman was acting strangely shortly before the fire.
Linerberger has been charged with first degree arson and malicious use of explosives to damage property.
Two people were treated for smoke inhalation. A firefighter was taken to the local hospital with a thumb injury.
Nine people, including a child, were displaced by the fire. A total of six units were destroyed in the fire. The American Red Cross is on scene to assist families.
Anyone with further information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.