Thomas F. Deese, of Hickory, N. C., confessed setting fire to his residence in Hickory, on August 17th, according to Chief of Police Mark L. Little of Hickory.
The admission came about 12 hours after Deese’s new two-story home was damaged in an early-morning blaze, with a loss in excess of $10,000.
Hickory police quoted Deese as saying he committed the act to obtain money fo.r his children. He had not been able to provide for his children the necessary opportunities, he told police officers.
Investigating officers reported they believe the house caught fire from kerosene which appeared to have been poured over many parts of the dwelling. They said hallways, rooms, and closets were ablaze when members of the Hickory fire department arrived at the scene, and only a few articles of clothing were saved front the building.
Deese, operator of the City Shoe shop, was taken into custody at the scene of the fire Wednesday morning by officers of the Hickory police department and the State Bureau of investigation.