One fire in Beaufort County has been ruled an arson, while investigators continue to look into a second overnight fire.
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says an abandoned house on Bay City Road in Aurora went up in flames around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The Aurora Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire.
At 5:20 a.m. Thursday, lawmen say the strong smell of gas was reported at the Long Acre Community Building on Highway 32 North in Beaufort County. Fire crews found an open gas line and burned items inside the building, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The SBI was called in to process both fire scenes. Captain Kenneth Watson says they have ruled the community building fire an arson and believed that fire is linked to other arson fires that have plagued the county in recent weeks..
The Highway 32 fire now brings to ten suspicious fires have been fought by Beaufort County fire crews since mid-February.