Man Charged in Gastonia Strip Mall Fire
GASTONIA, N.C. -- Gaston County Police have located the man responsible for a strip mall fire.
Police responded to the 4000 block of Old York Road on March 14, 2013, in reference to a commercial fire.
The fire destroyed Gunn's Carpet & Flooring.
Gaston County Fire Marshal's Office and the Gaston County Police Department started an investigation to determine the cause of the blazes.
Through their investigation, they found that the fire originated in a nearby storage building behind the main building, house and flooring business.
Police were able to locate a suspect, Fred Phillips, 52, from an unrelated domestic investigation.
Phillips was interviewed as a result of the investigation and disclosed his involvement in the fire.
He is charged with Burning a Building, Warehouse or Factory; and Malicious Use of Incendiary Material. He was also charged with Assault by Strangulation as an upgraded charge for the unrelated domestic investigation. Phillips is being held in the Gaston County Jail on a $20,000.00 bond.