A 23-year-old Mayflower resident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to setting fire to Building A at Queens Manor Apartments last month.
Carlon Elias Ricks is currently being held in the county jail without bond following a structure fire that destroyed a 16-unit apartment building along Highway 365 on Oct. 14.
Ricks, who was accompanied by his attorney, Ronald L. Davis Jr., in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Tuesday, pleaded not guilty to arson.
Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Bledsoe said each of the 16-units in Building A were completely destroyed.
All tenants were evacuated before the building became completely engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported.
One vehicle that was parked in front of the burning building was also damaged by the fire.
Ricks is scheduled next to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 for a pretrial hearing.
Fourteen families were displaced as a result of the apartment fire. Several local churches are coming together to gather supplies for the families affected by the fire.
First Baptist Church of Mayflower sponsors a Wednesday night feeding ministry at the apartment complex, which is followed by a Bible study and prayer.
Peace Lutheran Church of Conway is gathering kitchen necessities and Lakeside Assembly of God is collecting laundry necessities for affected families.
The Calvary Temple Assembly of God and GAP Church are sponsoring two separate families through Christmas, His Place His Way Pastor Rennie Tarpley said.
Tarpley also said Catholic Charities is providing case management and other resources for affected families.
For additional information on donations for affected families, call Tarpley at 501-514-1426.