NEW HANOVER – At 9:10 AM, January 18, 2010 New Hanover Fire Units responded to a residential house fire at 4607 Tall Tree Lane. The New Hanover County Fire Marshall also responded and after initial investigation requested New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Detectives to further investigate the fire as an arson case. The NC SBI/Arson-K-9 Unit was also requested for assistance in the investigation. The occupants of the house are Ed and Diane Flagler and their two grandchildren. Mr Flagler was transported to New Hanover Regional Hospital due to smoke inhalation.
On Tuesday, January 19th, Detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of Edward Flagler. The warrants have been issues for three counts of 1st Degree Arson. Mr. Flagler will be served with the warrants upon being released from the hospital.