Several Recent Fires Take Toll On Volunteer Firefighters

A dozen fires in just a few weeks have kept firefighters busy and sparked several arson investigations in 3 counties in the east. It's taking a toll on volunteer fire departments. Dozens of men and women have put their lives in harm's way to respond to overnight arsons in Beaufort, Pitt, and Washington counties.

Beaufort County investigators and the SBI are working on 10 arson cases, out of a total of 12 fires since February 16th.
The latest fires in Beaufort county happened early Thursday morning at an abandoned home in Aurora, and then at a community building on Highway 32.

Captain Kenneth Watson with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says since the fires are set in rural areas, many of the fire responders are volunteer firefighters who are now staying extra hours at the stations to be on alert in case another fire is set.

"Many of our volunteers work full-time jobs and have families and other things to attend to, and when you have repeated fires like we've been having in Beaufort County it definitely becomes a strain on their daily lives," said Watson.

Beaufort County Crimestoppers is offering reward of up to $1,000 to help find the arsonist.

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