(GDN) — Authorities are seeking a suspect in a deadly home fire.
The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says it has secured a warrant for the arrest of William J. Howell for Involuntary Manslaughter. The charge stems from a blaze on the 1800 block of Water Chestnut Drive in Kinston on November 21st, 2021. A juvenile died as a result of the fire.
According to the Lenoir County Sheriff, detectives determined Howell was the only adult present at the residence, he was intoxicated, and he had the stove on. It is believed Howell’s intoxication and negligence of the stove ultimately led to the death of the juvenile.
Anyone with information on William J. Howell’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office at 252-559-6118.