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Deputies investigate 3 fires in 4 days

By Michael Hennessey
Published On: Mar 29 2013 04:55:48 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 30 2013 03:04:00 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Update:

Another fire was reported Friday night in an area that had seen two suspicious fires over two days.

Firefighters confirm a third fire in an area west of Greenville occurred Friday night.

Crews were called to a structure fire on US 13 near Bell Arthur Road just before 11:15 p.m. Friday, according to firefighters.

Crews found a two-story pack house on fire.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office is now investigating, firefighters said.

This is the third fire within approximately 1,500 feet over the last four days.

See the below story for details on the previous two blazes.

Previous Story:

Investigators say two fires which took place within a few hundred feet of each other have both been ruled suspicious.

Officials say the first fire took place on Tuesday at 1504 Davenport Farm Road in Greenville. Owner Victor Long said his wife and son noticed the fire and were able to extinguish it before it spread.

Authorities say the second fire was at 1473 Davenport Farm Road on Wednesday. That home was a total loss.

Both homes were vacant at the time of the fires and nobody was injured.

Sywanda Gray’s family owned the home which burned down Wednesday. She said it surprised her “to know that someone would actually come into the community and be able to set something afire and no one sees them."

Victor Long, owner of the home from Tuesday’s fire, said it makes him “worry the next time you come home it might be one of the houses my neighbors live in or that we live in. It's a very scary thought."

The Gray family says their home was built in the early 1940’s. Their Grandmother used to reside in it, and some people used to attend school there. At one point, they even thought about turning it into a museum because of the sentimental value it holds. "All the children would come down on Sunday evening,” said Fred Gray, “and we just had a good time here, and it's a lot of history here, there really was."

Sywanda Gray said CSI was on scene at their residence yesterday. They were unable to answer questions at that time.

Investigators are trying to determine if the two fires are connected. “They're right there together it happened, you know, one day apart,” said Christy Wallace of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. “Other than that at this early on in the investigation we have no reason to suspect that anything connects the two. But of course that's something that we will investigate further."