Arson suspected in fire that damaged popular Whiteville bakery

Arson suspected in fire that damaged popular Whiteville bakery
According to Hal Lowder, fire units responded to Darel’s Bakery & Sweets just after 6 p.m. after a passerby called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the roof.

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - Investigators say someone intentionally set a popular Whiteville bakery on fire Wednesday night.

Fire units first responded to Darel’s Bakery & Sweets on Jefferson Street just after 6 p.m. when a passerby called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the roof.

Major Alan May with the Whiteville Police Department said the front glass door at the bakery had been shattered and officials suspect the fire was intentionally set. The business had closed at 5 p.m. so no one was there at the time of the fire.

May said the bakery sustained about $10,000 in smoke and water damages.

Investigators have several persons of interests in the case, May said, and are reviewing surveillance video of the incident.

In a Facebook post hours after the fire, the owner said Darel’s will not be open in the near future, however, hopes to reopen soon.

Darel’s will not be open tomorrow or in the near future due to a fire. We thank you for your business and hope to reopen soon!

Posted by Darel's Bakery & Sweets, LLC. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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