The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office announced Dec. 7 that three adult males were arrested and charged on Dec. 6 and 7 for the Carolina Mill fire along Haw River. The mill burned on Nov. 25, with hot spots lingering through the night to Nov. 26. 

The building was a former cotton mill built in 1869 and was vacant at the time of the fire. While the Carolina Mill and Culp Weaving Mill fires occurred within roughly two weeks of each other, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that these were isolated incidents. The Sheriff’s office said the investigation into the Carolina Mill fire is still ongoing.

From left to right: Burlington resident, 20-year-old Leyton James Lockemy; Gibsonville resident, 20-year-old William Steven Holland; Gibsonville resident, 21-year-old James Riley Cockman. Photos courtesy of Alamance County Sheriff's Office.

The men charged for the Carolina Mill fire include 21-year-old James Riley Cockman and 20-year-old William Steven Holland of Gibsonville, along with 20-year-old Leyton James Lockemy of Burlington.

Each of the three men were charged with one count of felony breaking and entering and one count of felony burning certain buildings. Lockemy was released under a $25,000 bond and both Cockman and Holland remain in jail.