Local and state officials are investigating three house fires that happened on the same street in Fayetteville, the third time houses went up in flames on that street in the past five years.
Three homes in the 2700 block of Rivercliff Road off Eastwood Avenue sustained heavy fire damage Tuesday morning, Fayetteville fire officials said.
Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. While en route to the scene, firefighters heard about two more fires, Assistant Chief Richard Bradshaw said.
When crews arrived they could see heavy fire coming from two homes with a fire just starting in a third home.
Bradshaw said all of the homes were heavily damaged and all of the homes were up for sale. The homes were not grouped together but were separated by a couple of blocks.
The same three homes were involved in similar fires on Dec. 15, 2007 according to authorities. No charges were filed in connection with those fires.
One neighbor told WNCN’s Carleigh Griffeth that when those homes caught fire in 2007, her house was so close that it was also damaged.
“The houses are unoccupied, and each time after maybe two years of sitting, no one buying, then they just seemed to be set on fire,” said neighbor Earlyn Jordon.
Though the houses were unoccupied, Bradshaw confirmed that power was being run to each home.
The frequency of the suspicious fires has Jordon re-thinking living in the neighborhood.
“I love the neighborhood, but right now I’m not feeling so safe, especially since this happened three times so close to me,” she said.
No cause was ever determined in the past house fires on the road and the cause of these fires remains under investigation. No charges were filed in connection with the 2007 fires.
Authorities said the owner of the houses has not been located.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting Fayetteville fire officials with the investigation.
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