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Cars burned at Raleigh apartment complexes

Posted June 2, 2014

— Cars were set ablaze early Monday at two north Raleigh apartment complexes, and authorities were investigating to see if the fires are connected.

Firefighters were called at about 3 a.m. to Beaver Lake Court, off West Millbrook Road between Leesville Road and Glenwood Avenue, where a BMW 700 series car went up in flames. A car parked next to it also burned.

"It was a car. Thank God I wasn’t in there," said the BMW's owner, who asked not to be identified.

Investigators found a gas can on the front seat of the BMW.

A short time later, firefighters were called to the Woods at North Bend apartment complex, at 6317 Shanda Drive, off Spring Forest and Sandy Forks roads, where a Chevrolet Caprice was set ablaze. As with the earlier fire, an SUV parked nearby also burned.

The two complexes are about 5 miles apart.

Arson investigators for the Raleigh Fire Department collected evidence from both fires and were awaiting the results of a lab analysis to determine if the fires are connected.


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  • sinenomine Jun 3, 2014

    When I think vehicle fires one in particular comes to my mind. When I was a teenager I was driving on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington DC one sunny day. About in front of the main entrance to the Naval Observatory (the vice president lives on those grounds now but that wasn't the case when this occurred) was a '58 Edsel convertible, top down, engulfed in flames. That was the year Edsel which some described as looking like an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon. Despite the fate of that particular car Edsels were never "hot" sellers.

  • 03arabian2 Jun 3, 2014

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    Comprehensive insurance DOES pay for fire damage on numerous insurance carriers if the car is damaged or totaled by it. I know ours does as we had a F150 truck go up in flames years ago in the driveway due to electrical relay short under dash. Insurance covered the damage to the truck which at the time was totaled due to it.

  • sinenomine Jun 3, 2014

    I had a car catch fire once and insurance paid for the repair. Years ago a friend of mine had his '73 Olds destroyed by fire in his driveway and bought another '73 Olds with the insurance proceeds. The flat assertion that insurance does not pay for car fires is wrong.

  • heard-it-all-before Jun 3, 2014

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    i think they're investigating everything. most investigations do.

  • The Truth Jun 2, 2014

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    What insurance coverage do you have???

  • Bobby Medlin Jun 2, 2014
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    I think they are investigating whether the car owners are connected.

  • momeeee Jun 2, 2014

    Car insurance does not cover fire. I would be very upset if this were my car!

  • Sherrill Craig Jun 2, 2014
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    He was being sarcastic.....

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 2, 2014

    Hopefully this will turn out to be a couple of isolated incidents that won't become a pattern. While these 2 acts involved apartments where there are many cars, who is to say that they may be become brazen enough to do something like this to anyone who leaves a car in a driveway. I hope the police catch the perpetrators as soon as possible.

  • James Kirby Jun 2, 2014
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    Either that or crazy teens