Pitt County deputies have charged a former volunteer firefighter, for allegedly starting a string for fires, then responding to the blazes when the 911 calls were made.
According to Sheriff Neil Elks, 20-year-old Abraham Rizek, a former firefighter for the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department, started five fires in the area. He then allegedly returned to the scene to help put the blazes out.
|LOCATION OF FIRES||DATE||ESTIMATED DAMAGE|
|Mobile home at 1504 Davenport Farm Rd., Winterville||March 26||$3,000|
|Residential property at 1473 Davenport Farm Rd||March 27||$20,000|
|Residential storage barn at 5081 U.S. 13||March 29||$90,000|
|Uninhabited residence at 3800 Macgregor Downes Rd., Falkland||April 2||$7,000|
|Vacant mobile home at 2522 Ruby Ln., Winterville||April 5||$6,000|
Rizek is charged with five counts of burning an uninhabited building. According to deputies, they were able to narrow down Rizek as a suspect because he was always one of the first three people to respond to each fire. Investigators have not explained a motive.
Rizek had been with the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department for eight months. But he was serving a one-year probation, for allegedly driving recklessly while responding to a call, according to deputies.