- Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities have accused a man of intentionally setting a fire at a North Carolina apartment building.

The fire at Aston Park Tower on Tuesday displaced approximately 30 residents. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported David Nash, chief operating officer for the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, said someone apparently set a mattress on fire in a hallway on the seventh floor.

Aston Park Tower is an 11-story building owned by the housing authority. Nash said sixth- and eighth-floor residents would be able to move back into their apartments on Thursday.

The Asheville Police Department said in a news release on Thursday that 55-year-old Randy Webb Tucker is charged with first-degree arson and is in jail under an $80,000 bond.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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