Camp Lejeune Marine accused of starting fire at occupied home

POSTED: 12:16 PM May 21 2013   UPDATED: 1:18 PM May 21 2013
Mark Alkire
SNEADS FERRY, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Deputies said a drunk Camp Lejeune Marine started a fire at a home with people still inside.

According to Onslow County investigators, 24-year-old Mark Alkire broke into a home on Fulcher Landing Road in Sneads Ferry early Sunday morning. The people inside the home told Alkire to leave. But the suspect used a lighter to set the molding around the front door on fire, deputies said.

Alkire blew a .22 on a breathalyzer after he was arrested, said deputies. He was charged with first-degree arson, injury to real property, and breaking and entering. Alkire was being held under a $75,000 bond.

The residents inside the home told deputies they did not know the suspect.