By Associated Press - Monday, February 26, 2018

TABOR CITY, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina authorities say a man poured gasoline on his girlfriend and set the mobile home they shared on fire.

Two boys, ages 11 and 8, escaped the Tabor City house Saturday and ran to a neighbor for help, according to a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office news release. The children were not injured.

The sheriff’s office said 25-year-old Nicholas Alexander Wallace poured gas on the woman and around the room, then lit a match to ignite it. The 29-year-old woman avoided life-threatening injuries and was treated and released from a hospital.

No phone listing could be found for the suspect or the victim. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said the victim was Wallace’s girlfriend.

The sheriff’s office said Wallace is being held without bond on attempted murder and arson charges.

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