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Arson suspected in two suspicious Whiteville fires

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Firefighters in Whiteville are working with the SBI to investigate two suspicious fires which happened on the same street early Monday morning. Firefighters in Whiteville are working with the SBI to investigate two suspicious fires which happened on the same street early Monday morning.

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - According Whiteville acting Police Chief Marc McGee, investigators believe someone started two fires they were calling suspicious.

McGee says it appears the fires were started after someone burned pine straw. Firefighters and police are working with the SBI, investigating the fires which happened early Sunday morning.  

According to firefighters a little after 5 a.m. brush started burning near the side of this house in 300 block of Fuller Street. They also say, just before 8 a.m. someone spotted a fire near a storage building at 200 block of Fuller Street.

A cat sanctuary, the group called The Cat Adoption Team were building behind the home at the 200 block of Fuller Street was destroyed. 

The couple in charge of The Cat Adoption Team, tell us construction on the sanctuary was close to being finished. They say, it cost more than $35,000 to build and the two story building would have been able to keep up to at least 15 cats.

"After all this hard work, it's a shame. It truly is ashamed. We worked hard, saved for a longtime to be able to do this. It was my wives dream. I've been supporting her on it. It's tragic," said Tom Inksetter, who operates The Cat Adoption Team with his wife Julie Wheeler. 

The Cat Adoption Team is offering a more than $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest of the person who started the fire at their building.  

In September, Don Viets' Law Office in Whiteville was destroyed by fire. Investigators believe it was also started by burning brush. 

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