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Six Fires Set on Franklin Street; Arsonist...

Posted October 10, 1997

— Chapel Hill firefighters didn't have much time to think about UNC basketball without Dean Smith. They were busy chasing an arsonist Thursday night.

Investigators said someone set six fires along Franklin Street shortly after 11 p.m. Although no one was hurt, the fires did cause some property damage.

Police stepped in to start tracking the arsonist.

Firefighters are worried about any fire set but a dumpster fire is one thing and fire set up against a building is something totally different. That means the arsonist is brave, and that's something to be worried about.

"To us it's very serious and particularly when they're starting them and getting buildings going it's extremely serious to us," said Bosworth.

The six fires were set in 10 blocks in 50 minutes. It added up to a busy night for the Chapel Hill Fire and Police Departments, and a busy night for an arsonist still on the loose.

Chapel Hill Police spent much of this past summer hunting down an arsonist they say set a string of fires. Those cases are still unsolved. Fire investigators say there is a chance that they're dealing with the same suspect. If you know anything about any of the fires, you're asked to call Chapel Hill Police.


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