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New arson case for Johnston County authorities

Posted October 8, 2010

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— Johnston County authorities say they are investigating another case of arson after fire burned an abandoned house in Four Oaks early Friday.

Four Oaks Fire Chief Barry Stanley said that a call about the fire at 4768 U.S. Highway 301 South came in around 12:45 a.m.

Firefighters from Four Oaks, Smithfield and Strickland's Crossroads brought the fire under control within 10 minutes of their arrival, he said. The blaze was contained to front living room.

Suspicious fire hits vacant Four Oaks house Suspicious fire hits vacant Four Oaks house

At least a third of the structure sustained smoke and water damage. No one was injured.

Stanley said that the fire was suspicious, and the fire marshal was reviewing evidence to see if it was connected to more than 30 other cases of arson in Johnston County since Halloween 2009.

Those fires have been concentrated in three areas – barns and abandoned homes in southwestern Johnston County, including Four Oaks; uninhabited homes in the Clayton area; and vacant homes in Smithfield.

The string of fires in the Four Oaks area began in February.

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  • flapy Oct 8, 2010

    @ DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT: Has it occured to you someone owns these houses and doesn't want them burned maybe they want to fix them up

  • us citizen Oct 8, 2010

    I live in the area of several of these fires. As a volunteer FF myself, I would hate to think it is a firefighter scorned or otherwise. Ever who this is (and I think there is probably more than one person invoved) does not care what they burn. They have burned expensive farm equipment,a house with furniture and other valuables stored in it,a very well kept barn that housed an antique car and the list goes on. They are not picking out something that looks like it is about to fall down. They don't care what they burn. If it is a firefighter, I wish they would let all the firefighters that have had to fight these fires all night and then go to work all day the next day deal with him/her before they get sent to jail. We all know they will be out and doing it all over again before we can blink. Somebody needs to put the fear of God in 'em.

  • cjeffparker Oct 8, 2010

    OOPS!
    Mea culpa!

  • cjeffparker Oct 8, 2010

    Deja vu?

  • Hans Oct 8, 2010

    "Here's another thought. Maybe its someone trying to cleanup the drug houses in Johnston County. If they are all abandoned houses, the only thing that possibly would go on in those houses is drug use"

    Good grief.

  • cjeffparker Oct 8, 2010

    The ONLY thing you can do in an abandoned house is use drugs? Kids can party (without drugs) Homeless people can sleep. The economy is in the dumper, houses are being foreclosed on or abandoned; who has the money to buy drugs?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 8, 2010

    Here's another thought. Maybe its someone trying to cleanup the drug houses in Johnston County. If they are all abandoned houses, the only thing that possibly would go on in those houses is drug use.

  • somke_eater Oct 8, 2010

    This is probably a(ex?)volunteer firefighter on some rural department that's angered or bored. I have been to 5 of these working fires myself. It really angers me, because each new one we get called to puts me and my crew in danger. This person will eventually be caught, they'll screw up somehow.

  • bombayrunner Oct 8, 2010

    This guy is really something. You know this guy is probably creating chaos somewhere and that buys him time to burn something else. However he is doing it, he's got it down.

  • wildcat Oct 8, 2010

    seems like everyone on this board is in accord with one another...that is good.

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