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SBI: Goldsboro Fire That Killed Two Not Accidental

Posted July 21, 2005

— A fire investigation in Goldsboro is now a double-murder case, the State Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday.

Firefighters found Roy Chester Rowe, 48, and his girlfriend, Patricia Ann Raynor, 38, dead inside their upstairs apartment on North George Street early Saturday morning.

The SBI notified Goldsboro police that investigators found evidence that the fire was intentionally set.

Investigators said all tenants from three other apartments made it out safely. The building, an older home that had been converted to apartments, was destroyed.

Firefighters spent more than six hours getting the fire under control. Family members said Rowe and Raynor had lived together at the apartment for less than a year.

Family members saId the couple kept to themselves but, in recent weeks, they were involved in a dispute with other tenants. SBI officials will not say if the confrontations are part of the investigation.

Raynor will be buried Thursday. Rowe's funeral is scheduled for Friday.

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