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Raleigh fire deemed suspicious; limos destroyed

Posted June 12, 2009

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— A fire that damaged a building on South Blount Street and destroyed four limos early Friday is "suspicious," Raleigh fire officials said, because the blaze was moving so fast when crews arrived.

The blaze began around 1:45 a.m. at 1316 S. Blount St., near Shaw University. Police have shut down a section of the street.

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Cooter’s Towing and Repair used to operate at that address. A new owner recently bought the building and planned to operate a limousine company there.

"The fire caused significant fire and smoke damage to the entire building with a majority of the roof collapsing due to heavy fire conditions. The fire was extinguished by fire department personnel with no altering effects to the scene," according to an incident report.

No one was was injured in the fire.


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  • CrazyWake Jun 12, 2009

    :Ksw1, is your car 'illegally parked' if you did not know it was illegal to park there?"


  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jun 12, 2009

    Ksw1, is your car 'illegally parked' if you did not know it was illegal to park there?

  • Ksw1 Jun 12, 2009

    ncsudan - "Legal Criminals"

    That's funny. Sounds like someone's towed your illegaly parked car a time or two!

  • Steve Crisp Jun 12, 2009

    Uh, how about perhaps there were combustables left over from the towing company which was there, perhaps things used in a garage setting?

    New renter turns on power, something ignites, and hits the combustables, then BOOM!

    No arson need be involved.

  • jaredg Jun 12, 2009

    i wonder which limo company

  • ncsudan Jun 12, 2009

    I have to agree with the towing company angle. No one is ever pleased with these 'legal criminals'. Most likely it was aimed at the tow truck people, if it was arson.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jun 12, 2009

    Or, it was formerly home to a towing company. Towing companies make a lot of enemies. Maybe someone did not realize Cooters had slithered somewhere else.

  • SME2 Jun 12, 2009


    Limo business probably not doing too good?

    Lets burn it down and collect the insurance money!