NEW INFO: One Of Two Overnight Fires Ruled Arson

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.


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  • by TO WORK WA IN WILSON Location: WASHINGTON on Mar 4, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    WHO KEEP INSURANCE ON ABANDONED BARNS. I DON'T THINK THEY ARE BURNING THERE OLD ABANDONED HOUSES OR BARNS TO GET OUT OF BANKRUPTCY OR FORECLOSURE. AND WHAT DOES BAD CREDIT HISTORY HAVE TO DO WITH IT.
  • by To Close for Comfort Location: Long Acre on Mar 3, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    It appears that this person or persons enjoy the publicity that they are causing. Eventually the truth will come out. They need to own up to the destruction and go before a jury 12 of their peers... Everyone needs to be totally aware of anyone or anything that looks out of place in their community and report it.
  • by You may be surprised on Mar 3, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    History often times repeats itself. Check out anyone who has access to all things 24/7 and you will probably find your arsonist! More than likely he has been on the scene throughout! By now if it were just an ordinary person, don't you think the person would have been caught?!!!! Beware of who you are trusting!
  • by not again!!! Location: BOCO on Mar 3, 2011 at 03:44 PM
    it is truley amzing how cold hearted some folks can be. I hope these firebugs are getting their rush.... because Im pretty sure theres not much thrill going on behind those prison bars. (((not the kind to look forward to anyway))
  • by concerned #1 on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    for all those that say to offer $$... they have through crimestoppers. this is from the Tricounty website regarding the fires. "Anyone with information about these fires is asked to call Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at (252)974-6400 or Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at (252)946-7111. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000.00 for information leading to an arrest in these cases. Callers do not have to give their name to receive a reward. Additional information will be released as it becomes available."
  • by ggirl on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    To You are so dumb: "Hide your wife, hide your kids and your husband too, cause they burnin up errthing round here"
  • by ITS A SHAME Location: PLYMOUYH N.C. on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    It is a shame that whoever is setting these fires have nothing better to do wiyh their time what a sad life they have hope they find them lock them up and throw away the key.
  • by stupid.so.stupid. on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    these people starting all these fires are just plain stupid...obviously not thinking about WHEN they do get caught how many charges their gonna get hit with! keep setting them,go ahead,each one just adds to your sentence!
  • by concerned Location: nc on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    If you have any information call the Crime Stoppers hot line. You do not have to leave your name I am sure they will give a reward for the information that could lead to the arrest of who ever is doing this crime. Someone is going to be hurt before long. And someone knows who is doing this.
  • by wook wa Location: wilson on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    Yes, be sure and check the insurance angle. This is one way to escape foreclosure, bankruptcy and a bad credit history.
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