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Fayetteville apartment fire was intentionally set

Posted June 28, 2012

— A Fayetteville apartment fire that left 21 people without a home Wednesday evening was intentional, fire investigators said Thursday.

Sixteen adults and five children living at the Village at Cliffdale Apartments, at 575 Cutchen Lane, were displaced after the fire, which broke out in a ground-floor bedroom around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The majority of fire damage was contained to the apartment, but damage did extend to the entire building.

Authorities did not say what led them to conclude the blaze was intentional but said the State Bureau of Investigation and Fayetteville police are now involved in the case.

It's still unclear what caused a second apartment fire about 30 minutes later at Crossings at Morganton, on Waterdown Drive, investigators said.

Fire crews found heavy fire on the second- and third-floor balconies when they arrived. Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise, or "pop," prior to the fire, investigators said.

The SBI is also assisting in that case, in which 18 people were left homeless.

The American Red Cross is assisting those affected by the fires.


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  • LovemyPirates Jun 28, 2012

    The building/structure insurance wouldn't pay if the fire was intentionally set by the owner(s) of the building. The renters property (furniture, clothing, media, etc.) is only covered by insurance if they have renter's insurance. If they don't have renters insurance, then they are out of luck - except for what is given them by the Red Cross, Salvation Army, churches, or other donations. Many, many renters don't have renters insurance.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 28, 2012

    Whoever does stuff like that should be executed because this could well have killed every single person in that building at the time.

    Thank God (and emergency workers) that it didn't.

  • promethazine codeine lover Jun 28, 2012

    Does insurance/apt complex's cover fire dmg that was set intentionally?