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Cary police investigate suspicious brush fires

Posted March 1, 2011
Updated March 3, 2011

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— Cary authorities said Tuesday that they are investigating a string of suspicious fires that appear to be the work of an arsonist.

Police and firefighters have responded to 15 small fires within the Cary Parkway loop in the last week that authorities said appear to have been set. All but one of the fires involved burning brush and pine straw in isolated, open areas, they said.

"We believe somebody is setting them because of the nature they were set and how quickly back-to-back to one another they were set," Cary Police Capt. Mike Williams said.

The most recent fire broke out early Sunday.

Rick Quinnones' backyard and neighborhood are next to the wooded area where the fire ignited. 

"I looked out my kitchen window and saw the flames. There were trees that were engulfed at the time. I called the fire department, and they were here in less than two minutes," he said. 

Police said they are concerned because small brush fires can turn into massive, destructive blazes. 

Cary investigating suspicious brush fires

Authorities asked that people report the presence of anyone in secluded or out-of-the-way areas not normally used by pedestrians.

People should call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4324 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. 

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  • solarflare40 Mar 3, 2011

    My brush caught on fire once. I found it very suspicious, especially since I'm bald.

  • kikinc Mar 3, 2011

    solarflare40-Exactly what I was thinking....

  • JustAName Mar 3, 2011

    "No, sounds like some Punk kids roaming while Mommy plays bridge and Daddy is having an affair."

    Is Dad having an affair with some women of low esteem living in Raleigh? You know, since all the white women in Cary are playing bridge.

  • solarflare40 Mar 3, 2011

    people still play bridge?

  • miketroll3572 Mar 3, 2011

    No, sounds like some Punk kids roaming while Mommy plays bridge and Daddy is having an affair.

    Sounds like you need to quit playing bridge and divorce your husband!

  • solarflare40 Mar 3, 2011

    15 fires in Cary is suspicious? You mean that's not normal for Cary? Great detective work!

  • monkeyboy Mar 3, 2011

    out of curiousity, prozac, why would you post the almost-exact-same comment 22 minutes later?

  • Wags Mar 3, 2011

    So the first 14 weren't suspicious...but that 15th put it over the edge.

  • LambeauSouth Mar 3, 2011

    No, sounds like some Punk kids roaming while Mommy plays bridge and Daddy is having an affair.

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 1, 2011

    sounds like someone with a smoking habit..

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