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Police: Fayetteville house fire set

Posted March 1, 2011

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— A house fire that sparked a 10-acre woods fire Monday afternoon was likely set, Fayetteville police said Tuesday.

An ember from a house fire at 906 Siesta Circle jumped across Horseshoe Road, sparking a woods fire that took firefighters about three hours to bring under control, authorities said.

Yadkin Road was closed to northbound traffic for several hours because of the hazardous conditions created by smoke from the fire.

Police said Tuesday that someone was seen leaving the Siesta Circle area about the same time as the fire broke out. Later on Monday, officers found a person fitting the same description trying to start a fire at a Kangaroo gas station on Owen Drive, police said.

The officers took the person to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for a mental evaluation, police said.

No charges have been filed in connection with the fires, which remain under investigation.

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