Woman accused of lighting apartment complex on fire


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters rescued four adults and an infant from a burning apartment complex in east Charlotte that officials believe had been intentionally set.

News outlets report that 21-year-old Shontavia Gingles is accused of setting fire to her apartment Monday morning. She has been arrested and charged with first-degree arson.

The Charlotte Fire Department says the flames caused $100,000 in losses and displaced 18 adults and four children.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents.

It is unclear whether Gingles has an attorney.

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