UPDATE: String Of Beaufort County Fires Ruled Arson

Authorities now say a string of fires in Beaufort County have been ruled arson.

Captain Kenneth Watson with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says this included the latest fire which happened just after 11:00 pm Thursday night in Bath.

In that fire, crews extinguished the flames at an abandoned tobacco barn. According to firefighters on the scene the barn was destroyed and two acres of land were burned.

Beaufort County Fire Marshal Curtis Avery says the abandoned barn was fully engulfed on Boyd Road off 264 in Bath.

Lawmen also say they believe all of the recent fires are connected.

On Tuesday night firefighters battled five fires in the overnight hours. According to responders, an SBI arson crew that was in the area investigating these fires are now on the scene of the latest blaze that is also being ruled an arson.

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