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Authorities say apartment fire was intentional, criminal investigation under way

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Investigators believe a fire at an apartment building on Greentree Road, located off of Kerr Avenue, was intentionally set and started inside the apartment. Investigators believe a fire at an apartment building on Greentree Road, located off of Kerr Avenue, was intentionally set and started inside the apartment.
Another fire was called in later in the day, just before 1 p.m. Firefighters said that fire started in a ground floor apartment. Another fire was called in later in the day, just before 1 p.m. Firefighters said that fire started in a ground floor apartment.
Smoke and flames were showing when crews arrived, but firefighters were able to put the fire out within minutes. Smoke and flames were showing when crews arrived, but firefighters were able to put the fire out within minutes.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Investigators believe a fire at an apartment building on Greentree Road, located off of Kerr Avenue, was intentionally set and started inside the apartment.

Members of the Wilmington Fire Department were called twice Saturday to respond to two different fires throughout the day in the same apartment building.

The first fire call came in Saturday morning, and was reportedly in the stairwell of the building. By the time firefighters arrived, people had put the fire out. That incident is still under investigation.

Another fire was called in later in the day, just before 1 p.m. Firefighters said that fire started in a ground floor apartment.

Smoke and flames were showing when crews arrived, but firefighters were able to put the fire out within minutes.

No one was home at the time the fire was called in, and no injuries have been reported.

Officials said the fire damage was only in the one originating apartment, but believe there could be smoke and heat damage in adjacent apartments. Monetary loss has been estimated at $7,500 for contents and $20,000 to the structure.

Authorities believe the fire was intentionally set. The incident is now considered a criminal investigation and will be handled by the Wilmington Police Department with assistance from WFD.

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