Cops: Man faces felony arson charges after setting mobile home, tennis shoe pile ablaze

A man was arrested and accused of starting several fires in a Forsyth County mobile home park, authorities said.

Brooks Nickles, 21, faces first-degree and third-degree arson charges after being found wandering in the trees near the homes on the morning of the fires, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Firefighters told Channel 2 the Dec. 18 fires were small and didn’t result in any injuries, but they seemed deliberate and required forced entry.

“They did in fact find a mobile home with multiple fires burning inside it,” Forsyth County Fire Div. Chief Jason Shivers said. “They were small in nature. They were able to access forced entry into the home and have those fires quickly extinguished.”

Another fire was found behind another home, Shivers said. He said it was a burning pile of tennis shoes. 

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Authorities haven’t determined a motive for why Nickles may have set the fires.

“It’s not a property he has ever lived in. We cannot find any particular relationship between Mr. Nickles and this home or mobile home park,” Shivers said. “It’s seemingly completely at random.”

Nickles remains in the Forsyth County Jail without bond, according to jail records.

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