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Johnston Authorities Seek Serial Arsonist

Posted March 28, 2007

— Authorities are working to catch someone believed to be responsible for setting as many as eight grass and woods fires in the past week in Johnston County.

All the fires were set within a few miles of each other in the Blackmon’s Crossroads area, authorities said. Beginning last Thursday, a fire has been set every day except Sunday, authorities said.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Forestry Service are cooperating in the investigation.


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  • linnway Mar 28, 2007

    Politically- You are hysterical! I almost choked when I read your comment. Haha. Thanks for the laugh!

  • Wizard Mar 28, 2007

    AngelEyes is correct that many times newly pledged overzealous members of various fire responders have been apprehended originating fires. Same as computer techs being found responsible for unleashing a virus. One thing worth investigating is the distance of the point of origin of the fires to the roadway. Sunday being a day whereas no fires were reported, lends the possibility that the fires maybe started accidnentally by a delivery vehicle igniting the grass of the shoulder. Dry grass on the shoulder, a hot catalytic converter of a mail vehicle or newspaper delivery vehicle and there you go ! Of course being that newspapers are delivered on Sunday, it would be less likely to be the cause, so perhaps it warrants looking into mail routes vs. delivery time and time of fire origin. Just a thought.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Mar 28, 2007

    The only reason he took Sunday off was because he had to go to church.

  • Lactose_Intolerance Mar 28, 2007

    El Doggo - Lighters and matches are already bad. Did you mean to say we should shame them? Well they should be ashamed. Flames make heat which causes glabal warming and makes me sad.

  • El Doggo Mar 28, 2007

    I think we need a LAW! Lets bad lighters and matches. This will not only stop arsonists but will shutdown smoking as well. Can anybody else think of anti-lighter/match benefits?

  • BeHappy Mar 28, 2007

    American Proud - But you see I have to be worried. I live in this area. My house is 1/2 mile from the road and even many local folks don't know I'm back there. This person could start a fire not knowing that someone lives in that particular area. This is something I do worry about and I hope it has a fast conclusion with the person being caught.

  • luvwhljr.neways Mar 28, 2007

    pms50- my thoughts exactly! What is it about Sunday? May not be able to get their lighter or match to burn on Sunday. The idiot or idiots may believe that if they aren't setting fires on Sunday, they will get a "lighter" pun intended sentence.

  • packandcanesfan Mar 28, 2007

    This is scary. Look what happened in North Raleigh from a cigarette. All the loss that was and the possible tragedies that could have been. People are just stupid sometimes.

  • followeroftheson Mar 28, 2007

    Its very interesting that Sunday is an issue for this person. I'm from Tarboro and a few years ago we had a group of individuals that were setting fires to old homes here. Some of them were historic sites. One of the sites was a house where tragic deaths occurred and was believed to be haunted. It was very well known. The group was comprised of volunteer firemen. They were "creating calls" as AngelEyes mentioned. I agree with AngelEyes, they should cast a watchful eye on the responders. You have to be very careful with something like that though.

  • Lactose_Intolerance Mar 28, 2007

    Praying for the effected wildlife.