North Carolina Officials Investigating Series of House Fires

April 26, 2010

Investigators say someone set two homes on fire in a North Carolina neighborhood near four previous cases of arson.

WCNC-TV reported that the fires set Friday damaged two Charlotte homes that were vacant and the power to the homes had been disconnected before the blazes.

The two homes were less than a half-mile apart and near an apartment complex where four other fires were reported earlier this month.

In those fires, a pickup truck was set on fire, two other vehicles were damaged and investigators said it appeared someone had tried to set the gas tank of an SUV on fire. A nearby garage and storage shed also was damaged in the fires at the apartments.

Charlotte Fire Department Captain Mark Basnight said are trying to identify a suspect.

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