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Fayetteville homes damaged by suspicious fires also burned in 2007

Posted April 21, 2015

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— Three homes that were heavily damaged by fire early Tuesday in a Fayettevillle neighborhood near the Cape Fear River were also damaged in similar fires in 2007, investigators said.

Crews called to the area at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday found fires at 2764, 2779 and 2783 Rivercliff Road. Two of the homes were engulfed when firefighters arrived, and the third was showing fire from the second floor.

No electric service was hooked up to any of the homes, and no injuries were reported.

Assistant Fire Chief Richard Bradshaw said all three homes were on the market with Residential Group Real Estate.

"Two of the homes are completely destroyed," Bradshaw said. "One of the two-story dwellings in the cul-de-sac, we were able to get a good stop on it and we saved it. It's heavily damaged on the inside, but it can be saved and repaired."

Fire investigators are working to learn how the fires started, and the Fayetteville Police Department and State Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the investigation. Officials said all three fires are suspicious and believed to be intentionally set.

The same homes were involved in similar fires on Dec. 15, 2007. No charges were filed in connection with the 2007 fires. Investigators have not yet found the owner or owners of the homes.

Sherril Watkins of Residential Group Real Estate estimated the loss at $1 million. She said one of hte houses had just been rebuilt after the previous unsolved arson.

"I can't even imagine why someone would do that, and it has happened before in that same cul-de-sac," she said. "So that's the strangest thing in the whole orderal."

Dozens of firefighters working on five engines and one ladder truck were needed to bring Tuesday’s fires under control.

"Man, that's close to home," neighbor John Williams said. "If somebody is going around setting them on fire, that's something to worry about."

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  • Alexia Proper Apr 21, 2015
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    Since you think things might have improved, I looked for more recent data. I found this:
    http://crimereporting.ncdoj.gov/public/2013/ASR/2013%20Annual%20Summary.pdf

    So in 2013, there were 25 murders in Fayette. The population rose slightly, but not that much. So, the murders per 100,000 people in 2013 stands at 12.23. Rapes dropped from 70 to 65, but robberies went up from 560 to 586. So, the 2013 stats do not make Fayetteville look any better.

    Meanwhile, Cary has 1 murder in 2013. I never really understood why people jump on Cary when there is a crime. I see why now. There isn't hardly any crime there. And, honestly, crime should be at the rates (or lower) than Cary.

    I've been to Fayetteville several times. What would visiting there have anything to do with the facts here? The fact is the city has a crime problem.

  • Brandon Parrish Apr 21, 2015
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    I will bet most people who down fayetteville have never even visited here. It's easy to down people through perception. .. btw your crime statistics are three years old that's a long time!!!!!

  • Alexia Proper Apr 21, 2015
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    I don't have those. The largest one I can recall recently was the arrest in Sanford last year. The most recent in the past hour or so was in Florence, SC. I have no idea if anyone keeps statistics on those things.

  • Jimmy Jordan Apr 21, 2015
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    Wheres the child porn stats?

  • Alexia Proper Apr 21, 2015
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    Curious about the NC crime data I referenced below, I grabbed the 2012 population for each of several cities.

    Here are crimes per 100,000 people.

    Murders
    Asheville 8.14
    Cary 0.00 (not one murder in 2012)
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg 5.37
    Durham 7.44
    Fayetteville 10.90
    Raleigh 4.02 Rocky Mount 14.05 (wow!)

    Rape Asheville 25.58 Cary 7.54 Charlotte-Mecklenburg 23.04 Durham 23.04 Fayetteville 34.68 (5x higher than Cary) Raleigh 26.22 Rocky Mount 22.83

    Robbery Asheville 163.97 Cary 19.21 Charlotte-Mecklenburg 185.75 Durham 218.02 Fayetteville 277.46 (14x higher than Cary) Raleigh 157.08 Rocky Mount 224.74

    This was rather enlightening. People like to poke fun at Cary, but their crime rates really are low. This is purely a reflection of the kind of people living there.

  • Jeff Abbott Apr 21, 2015
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    Yep, pretty much. You couldn't pay me to set foot in that cesspool of humanity aka Fatalville.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 21, 2015
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    By and large, "bad news" is the only kind of news the news outlets report. I don't live in Cary, but I hear the occasional report from there, too. However, I cannot recall the last time I heard someone in that city killing somebody on the sidewalk. I don't think it's ever happened. I don't recall ever hearing a story about Cary where somebody just fired shots into the house or somebody's car.

    That happens far too often in Fayetteville, Durham, Roanoke Rapids (and the area), Goldsboro, etc. Raleigh has its fair share, too. Just recently in Raleigh, a man shot his ex-girlfriend near where she worked.

    See this: http://www.ncdoj.gov/getdoc/9d422e2e-5ee4-4b6a-a175-90b948e857a0/2012-Annual-Summary.aspx

    Fayetteville has 22 murders in 2012. Raleigh has 17. Raleigh had fewer and its population is nearly double that of Fayetteville. So, the murder rate in Fayetteville is more than twice that Raleigh.

  • Abrams Gunner Apr 21, 2015
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    (gasp) Cary is not perfect? OMG say it ain't so.

  • Brandon Parrish Apr 21, 2015
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    Actually if you will take time to check violent crime is way down in Fayetteville and cumberland county as a whole.....I see raleigh and Cary alot on the news too so these are obviously not the perfect towns some would like to think they are. Local TV stations only report on Fayetteville when it is crime or something negitive. None of the good stories from fayetteville never get out because we Don t have a local TV station. That is why there is such a negative perception of fayetteville.

  • Abrams Gunner Apr 21, 2015
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    Funny, she managed to spell every other word correctly with the exception of the two modified on purpose.

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