POLICE: Kinston Vacant House Fire Appears Set

Kinston police say a fire early this morning at a vacant house appears to have been set. It's the second time in five days that a vacant house in the city has burned.

The latest fire happened around 3: 15 a.m. on Caswell Street. A police department news release says "the fire appears to be set by human hands with available materials on site." It says the house received exterior damage, as well as damage on the second floor.

On Friday, two homes were damaged on South East St. in Kinston. A vacant house caught fire around 8 a.m., leaving it with heavy fire and smoke damage. The exterior of a home next door received minor damage.

The fire department says they have not determined a cause in the fire on East St., though the home had no utilities connected.

Earlier this year a series of arson fires struck eight vacant homes in Kinston between January and May. No one has been arrested for those fires.


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For the second time in five days, a vacant house has caught fire in Kinston. This follows a series of vacant house fires attributed to arson earlier this year.

Around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, fire crews in Kinston responded to a vacant house that was on fire on Caswell St., according to dispatchers.

On Friday, two homes were damaged on South East St. in Kinston. A vacant house caught fire around 8 a.m., leaving it with heavy fire and smoke damage. The exterior of a home next door received minor damage.

The fire department says they have not determined a cause in the fire on East St., though the fire was not being treated as suspicious.

Earlier this year a series of arson fires struck eight vacant homes in Kinston between January and May. No one has been arrested for those fires.


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  • by jj Location: k on Nov 17, 2010 at 02:54 AM
    seems the have a fire starter in kinston, or a property owner that thinks its easier to burn it down then try to sell it. just hope no firefighters were hurt or killed due to someones stupidity!!!!
  • by booger Location: enc on Nov 16, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    That town is nasty! Burn it all down!
  • by Mike Location: enc on Nov 16, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    Another crack house up in flames.
  • by john Location: enc on Nov 16, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    French.... there are plenty of them that need to come down not to put our fire fighters at danger though.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    Get a life..stay in New Bern.
  • by French Location: New Bern on Nov 16, 2010 at 03:34 AM
    For many years there has always been 'Another Vacant House Fire in Kinston.' Are there any more vacant houses left?
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