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Firefighters Battle New Blaze Near Site of Fatal Fire

Posted December 4, 2007
Updated December 5, 2007

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— Firefighters battled another fire in Dunn. Tuesday night's fire on the corner of South Wilmington Avenue and Cumberland Street was about a block from Monday night's fatal fire.

The fire started at about 9:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting through the structure's roof. Fire crews from Dunn, Erwin, Benson and Plain View helped quickly extinguish the blaze. The structure was vacant, a fire chief said. There were no injuries reported.

Officials had not said Tuesday night if they knew what started the fire.

Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to piece together how Monday’s fire at 817 E. Divine St. started. Jayvalen Blue, 2, was killed. His mother sustained cuts to her arms while trying to rescue him.

Six other adults and four other children managed to escape.

Investigators with the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal and the State Bureau of Investigation have ruled Monday's blaze as a suspicious fire of unknown origin.

A fire chief said at this point, there was no reason to believe Tuesday's night fire was connected to Monday night's fire.

Anyone with information about either fire is asked to call Dunn CrimeStoppers at 910-230-4500.