Little Rock Woman Charged With Forest Place Apartments Fires

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 5:08 pm  

A Little Rock woman was indicted last week and arraigned Monday on seven counts of arson in connection with a string of fires at the Forest Place Apartments in Little Rock last year.

Lacey Rae Moore, 43, pleaded not guilty to the arson charges and to an additional count of possession of an unregistered destructive device.

The seven fires occurred between Feb. 24 and June 28, and two of the arson charges include the aggravating factor of "resulting in injury." Two Little Rock firefighters were injured in the fires that occurred on May 16 and June 4, the news release said.

More: Download the indictment (PDF).

"The largest fire occurred on May 16, 2013, which nearly destroyed the entire North Building of Forest Place Apartment and caused approximately $4 million in damage," according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer. "As a result of this fire more than 130 people were evacuated by fire department personnel, with approximately 400 evacuations total and numerous balcony rescues."

Approximately 79 people were permanently displaced as a result of the fires.

Moore faces up to 20 years in prison for each arson charge. She also faces up to 40 years in prison on the arson charges with injury charge.  Each count of the indictment also carries a possible fine of not more than $250,000

Her trial is scheduled for March 11 in U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson's courtroom.



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