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Federal officials say Fayetteville nightclub fire was arson; reward offered

Posted February 9, 2016

— Federal officials announced on Tuesday that a September fire that destroyed Maverick's Saloon in Fayetteville was arson, and they are offering a reward of up to $5,000 in the case.

Officials re-released surveillance videos and photos of a man believed to have started the fire that destroyed the bar on Sept. 9.

An investigation has determined that the person who started the early-morning fire used petroleum as an accelerant.

In the surveillance video, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt is seen carrying a gas can, then leaving the scene on foot toward Executive Place.

Federal officials said Tuesday they will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

In October, Amanda Sullivan, an employee at a nearby gas station, told WRAL News she was on duty the night a fight occurred between a bouncer and a Fort Bragg soldier and the night of the fire at the Raeford Road nightclub.

Authorities said at the time that many threats were made toward the bar in response to the altercation, which happened about a week before the bar was destroyed. Authorities have not released any information linking the two events.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at 1-888-283-3473. All calls will be kept confidential.


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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 9, 2016
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    Awww, Jim, that isn't a gas can. ... that's his man-purse, and it's probably just full of lollipops and sunshine.

  • Jim Hinnant Feb 9, 2016
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    Hmmm. Wonder what makes them suspect arson?