Boyfriend accused of setting woman ablaze

Nicholas Alexander Wallace


     Attempted murder and arson charges were filed Sunday against a Tabor City area man accused of setting his girlfriend ablaze in the home they shared with her young children.

     Nicholas Alexander Wallace, 25, of 308 Dulah Road was charged with three counts of attempted murder and arson, held without bond on the first three counts. Bail was set at $100,000 on the arson charge, Columbus County Detention Center records show.

     Brittany G. Long, 29, suffered minor burns after Wallace allegedly poured fire on her and the contents of the mobile home, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said Monday.

     Long’s sons, ages 8 and 11, were in another room when the attack began at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Tatum said.

     “When the suspect ignited Brittany and the residence, the children ran to a neighbor’s residence for help,” Tatum said.

     Long was transported by ambulance to Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville, treated for her injuries and released, Tatum said.

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