POLICE: Seven Vacant House Fires Appear Intentionally Set

Kinston police say it appears a series of seven vacant house fires, including two Wednesday morning, were all intentionally set.

The latest fires struck within minutes of each other. The fire department received a call of a house fire on North East Street and Washington Avenue just before 1:00 Wednesday morning. Then within two minutes of that call-- another fire reported--this time on Tobacco and Holley Lanes, just a few blocks away.

Last month three house fires on Gordon Street on the same night were ruled as arson. And in January two other homes on Gordon Street also burned within four hours of each other.

Police say no accelerant was used in any of seven fires, except yard waste materials in the previous cases. They say in the previous fires all were most likely set on the porch of the homes.


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Could there be an arsonist on the loose in one city in the east? That's the question as fire officials in Kinston are investigating two house fires Wednesday morning.

The Kinston Fire Department received a call of a house fire on North East Street and Washington Avenue just before 1:00 Wednesday morning.

Then within two minutes of that call-- another fire reported--this time on Tobacco and Holley Lanes, just a few blocks away.

We're told both of those homes were vacant.

Fire Commander Kevin Scully says they have not determined what cause the fire and have not said if they believe the fires were intentionally set.

Fire crews remained on the scene until just before 4:00AM.

It appears both structures have extensive damage.

Fire investigators have been working on several vacant house fires in the city lately.

Just last month, three fires on Gordon Street were ruled as arson. And in January two other homes on Gordon Street also burned within four hours of each other.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    Insurance fraud? Happens all the time in Detroit...the latest fad.
  • by Larry Location: G-ville on Apr 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    Seems to me that this law breaker is in a small way doing Kinston a favor. Eliminating vacant houses in a part of town that could use a good facelift. At the same time it is removing a place for illicit drug use. It doesn't make it right but Kinston should have demolished them long ago from the sound of things.
  • by Tom on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    I'm not a cop but I would go out on a limb and say the next house might be burnt down on Gordon Street. maybe the cops could patrol around there a little more?
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