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Developer of 3 Burned Homes Missing

Posted December 17, 2007

— The developer of three houses that were destroyed over the weekend by fires authorities have called suspicious has not been seen in recent days.

State Bureau of Investigation agents said in a search warrant that fires at three houses on Rivercliff Road were intentionally set early Saturday. Two homes were next to each other on a cul-de-sac overlooking the Cape Fear River, while the third was down the street.

"I was running down the street and was ringing everybody's doorbell, trying to get them out of their houses," said neighbor Cindy Caldwell, who was awakened by a phone call alerting her to the fires.

The new, two-story houses were unoccupied, and no one was injured in the fires, authorities said. The flames from one of the destroyed houses melted some of the vinyl siding off an adjacent home that is occupied.

Fayetteville police and the SBI arson team were investigating the fires, but have released few details of the case.

Robert Gore, the contractor who owns the three houses, lives on Rivercliff Road but has not been seen since Friday, neighbors said.

"He's home all the time. He's running up and down the street, probably 15 or 20 times a day," Caldwell said.

Gore's phone has been disconnected.

Court records show that Gore has been sued several times for not paying contractors and suppliers. Caldwell said she and her neighbors have had numerous problems with him.

"He's had a lot of people to sue him because of his houses," she said. "He hasn't followed through with anything he's done for the houses. He builds them, then as soon as he closes, he never finishes anything that's on anybody's punch list."


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  • iamforjustice Dec 18, 2007

    Poor dude...he is on drugs and can't get his life right so he burns down his houses even the one he and his family own. Such a tragedy...he could have burned down the homes of others by being selfish...but we feel sorry for him don't we? He can kiss my a$%. How dare he burn down houses and use people...I have no compassion for a drug addict. Just say no....it is like men that get drunk and sleep with another man saying.."I don't remember, I was drunk" yeah right you know what the heck you are doing...who are you fooling? I hope they find this guy and hang him by his ballsess. I will pray for his wicked soul.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 18, 2007

    "I hope the poor fella hasn't committed suicide or been murdered by an angry homeowner that then set the fires to cover his/her tracks..... Have some compassion, people!!"

    I would believe this if the article had not said that his phone had been disconnected.

  • Cable Dec 18, 2007

    How is it sad a guy who has ripped people off over and over and over again. good its time for to start cleaning house everywhere.

  • MyKidRox Dec 18, 2007

    Hey folks...lots of hurtful words and insults thrown here. I worked with this guy when I was in the mortgage banking business a few years ago in Fayetteville. I and my co-workers always wondered if he might have had a drug problem. I wonder if the authorities have sought an order to enter his house to see if he is deceased. I hope the poor fella hasn't committed suicide or been murdered by an angry homeowner that then set the fires to cover his/her tracks. It sounds hauntingly similar to another guy from Fayetteville that was in the same predicament but different business. They found him hanging from the rafters in his attic. It's a sad story all the way around...for Robert and for the homeowners that he has wronged. Don't be so quick to judge everyone. We have not walked a mile in his shoes. Give some thought to his poor family. They must be worried sick. Have some compassion, people!!

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  • AKA PikeMom Dec 18, 2007

    Why would you close on a house and still have a punch list? Quit complaining on this one.Maybe he got you in another way,but as far as the punch list goes...well you got yourself in a jam.

  • sunflowerbubbles Dec 18, 2007

    he's skipped town...he's hiding..doesnt take a genius to figure that out...

  • howdiditgettothis Dec 18, 2007

    I believe the NC State Licensing Board should act to protect the welfare of the people, not the welfare of the builders.

    If you have ever tried dealing with them, over your builder, you know what a headache it is.

    They basically tell you to be grateful that you have anything from the builder.

    This guy will get caught. Unfortunately, its the middle class working poor that will pay for all his mistakes.

    It is too easy to file bankruptcy and get another building license.

  • bigmoe Dec 18, 2007

    Can you say....."GOTCHA!"

  • nc resident Dec 18, 2007

    prime example of things to come, burn it if you can't pay for it. Many new home owners have more than one house on ARM loans. The American dream was handed over to the greedy. Too bad we don't have enough water to save the banks and investers houses