Two Suspicious Fires Hit Rocky Mount Buildings Owned By Same Company

Police in one city in Eastern Carolina are searching for a possible arsonist that may be targeting a business.

Fire early Tuesday morning heavily damaged the E.C. Powell Construction building. The building houses Nashcombe Realty on North Raleigh Street in Rocky Mount.

30 people work for E.C. Powell Construction, Nashcombe Realty has 3 people working out of that office.

A person driving by spotted the flames around 2:00 a.m. The fire also cause smoke damage to a building next door.

E.C. Powell owns the storage building where the fire on Church Street happened as well as Nashcombe Realty. On Saturday a warehouse on South Church Street was also heavily damaged. That fire is also being called suspicious and firefighters believe the two may be connected.

No one was hurt in either fire.


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  • by Clarrissa Location: Wilson on Nov 1, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    This company has always acted suspiciously and has always lied about a great many things, including where they get the mobile homes from that they sell and rent out, the history of the homes, the loans that they took out on these homes that people are living in, the number of "contractors" or handy-men that work for them and the countless hundreds of thousands that they have swindled out of people. They just recently started giving people that rent or buy from them receipts for their payments just in the last year. This sounds like an inside job. The IRS or someone has finally caught up to them. And they operate under a few different names which I'm sure are for tax purposes.
  • by Bill Bain Location: Nashcombe Realty, Inc. on Oct 27, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    The story is so flawed as presented on TV. Nashcombe Realty Inc. rents an office in the building. The area which was set on fire was space occupied by the owner of the building, E. C. Powell. The fire started in the storage rooms. Nashcombe Realty, Inc. does not have 60 employees as reported. Nashcombe Realty Inc. has been in buiness only 23 years. E. C. Powell owns the building that burned last night and the building on 811 S. Church Street. Nashcombe Realty, Inc. suffered significant heat and smoke damage. Nashcombe Realty, Inc. only has 3 employees. I am the manager. I hope that WITN will correct the story on the air.
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    Suspicious? Alrighty then.
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