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Durham police looking for clues in string of small fires

Posted September 19, 2012

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— Durham police are seeking the public's help in identifying who is responsible for setting several fires in the area of Ninth Street and Hillsborough Road since Sept. 1. 

No one has been injured in the fires, which have been set in dumpsters, trash cans and donation bins near several building. 

Police said most of the fires have been set between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. 

On Sept. 1 just before 1 a.m., someone set fire to the doorway of a business at the intersection of Ninth Street and Green Street. Three days later, on Sept. 4, someone set fire to a trash container near Blue Ridge Realty on Ninth Street. 

On Sept. 10, police responded to two fires on Ninth Street. At 11:52 p.m., a fire was set in a dumpster near E.K. Powe Elementary School on Ninth Street. Thirty minutes later, another fire was set in two trash cans at Dales Indian Cuisine on Ninth Street. 

Two more fires were set after midnight on Monday. Police said the first was set at a clothing donation bin at Blu Seafood and Barner, at the corner of Ninth Street and Hillsborough Road. A trash can was also set on fire near the UPS on Ninth Street. 

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • SailbadTheSinner Sep 19, 2012

    I do hope that they catch whoever is responsible.

    I well remember the string of ‘small fires’ on the NCSU campus that culminated with the total destruction of Pullen Hall on February 22, 1965. I and a close friend were deep inside that building just before the fire was started; we were quite lucky not to have been caught inside. Considering where we were, there would have been nothing left to identify….

    Whoever is doing this ‘has a problem’ and needs treatment or needs to be put away somewhere for a long time, preferably both….