Suspicious fires on the same road prompt arson investigations
Investigators in Brunswick County are looking for multiple arsonists in connection to five separate suspicious fires that sparked along the same road, all within the past six months. (Source: WECT)
Detective Ed Carter with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and Chief Mark Hewett continue to look for answers. (Source: WECT)
SUPPLY, NC (WECT) -
Investigators in Brunswick County are looking for multiple arsonists in connection to five separate suspicious fires that sparked along the same road, all within the past six months.
At least two of the incidents have been ruled as arson, and there is concern in the Supply area that the others may have been intentionally set as well.
Investigators say they're not having an easy time finding answers.
A blue tarp and burned debris is all that's left of one family's home on Shell Point Road in Supply. Investigators say they're looking for who's responsible for burning that home and it all started with a burglary.
Detective Ed Carter with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and Chief Mark Hewett with the Civietown Fire Department say that a group of suspects broke into a house on Boone's Neck Road -- stealing money, electronics, and keys.
Carter says the suspects used those keys to steal a car. When they drove that car behind a house at 3095 Shell Point Road, they hit a tree stump, rupturing a gas tank underneath.
Authorities say that's when they panicked and set the vehicle on fire. The gas helped spread the fire to the mobile home nearby where the damage still lingers.
Two weeks later, the suspects are still on the loose.
"We've got some people who are generally concerned and others who believe they know what happened," said Hewett. "They blame it on drug addicts or hoarders and different stuff like that but right now, it's just under investigation."
Just 100 yards down the way, on the same exact road, officials are looking into another arson fire.
A shed that burned down, caused damage to the two homes on either side.
While officials believe that the fires are not related, they're still asking for the public's help.
If you have any information that could help authorities, contact the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.