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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  • by Robbie on Mar 6, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    tuna sandwiches are good.
  • by Blake Location: Bath on Mar 6, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    I want to know who is making all these fires !!!!!!
  • by To County Resident on Mar 5, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    Look who is stuck on himself.. : )..
  • by Whoa! on Mar 5, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    Good job guys/gals! But in all honesty, isn't fighting fire what you signed up for?
  • by County resident Location: Beaufort Co on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:33 AM
    Couldnt agree more with you Carlo. We have no Law Enforcement because we have a sheriff who is to stuck on himself to care about the rest of the county. WDN proved that with the article where he spends thousands of my dollars to recoop 350. If the deputy was fired he didnt breech the contract Mr. Almighty did so therefore the 350 should come from his paycheck and not the poor deputy. Maybe in 4 years we will have a sheriff who cares and will have some real law enforcement officers on the streets. DIXON FOR SHERIFF!!!!
  • by Carlo Location: Beaufort Co on Mar 5, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    I appreciate all firefighter efforts. I have to say, Beaufort Co's sheriff dept couldn't find an arsonist if he had a sign on him saying ARSONIST. They are pathetic! The Bath murder would never have been solved without a tip and the arsons won't be either without hte SBI and who knows who else? Again , thank you for doing your job and helping keep us safe. We have no law enforecment.
  • by sandy Location: pitt county on Mar 4, 2011 at 08:01 PM
    Crimestoppers should put up more than $1000.00. They aren't going to get anything for that amount of money.Maybe 5 or 10 grand and somebody would talk.Hats off to the firefighters that are putting in the extra hours to protect the lives and property of the citizens.If you are responsible for these fires I hope they catch you and set fire to yourhouse while you are asleep.

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