Inmate charged with starting fire at Bertie-Martin Regional Jail

WINDSOR, N.C. (WITN) – An inmate has been charged with starting a fire in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail earlier this month.

According to deputies with the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office, the Windsor Fire Department was sent to the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail for a fire. When fire crews arrived at the jail corrections officers had already put the fire out.

Deputies said that the fire was started because 29-year-old Hikeem Cooper of Williamston had stuck something into an electrical outlet.

Cooper has been charged with felony burning a jail or prison. He remains in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail under no bond.

Deputies also said that a dryer fire at the Bertie County Correctional Institution that happened on the same day was not connected to the fire at the jail.