Two charged with arson after Chocowinity camper fire

John Collins Jr and Lynn Collins (Beaufort County Sheriff's Office photos)

WASHINGTON, Beaufort County - Authorities in North Carolina have charged a husband and wife with arson following a camper fire in which a person was injured.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office told local media outlets that first responders were called to a camper fire at a campground in Chocowinity on Sept. 26th. Investigators said a neighbor was hurt trying to get the occupants out of the camper. A cat died in the fire.

Deputies charged 63-year-old John Joseph Collins Jr. and his wife, 62-year-old Lynn Sue Collins, with first-degree arson, burning of personal property and felony cruelty to animals. Officials said they owned the camper.

The couple is jailed on a $100,000 bond. It's not known if they have attorneys. Investigators say the couple is connected to suspicious fires in Pennsylvania, Florida and Virginia.

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