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Raleigh man arrested in connection with apartment fire

Posted February 22, 2015


— Police arrested a Raleigh man Sunday afternoon in connection with an apartment fire on East Street. 

Firefighters responded just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday to 1202 S. East Street, where they found a family's two-bedroom apartment on fire. 

Rodriguz Garciea McKoy, 30, of Knightdale, was arrested on a charge of burning person property.

The fire was contained within minutes and no other units were damaged in the blaze, officials said. 

According to neighbors, a young mother and her two small children live in the apartment. 

"The next thing I know somebody was banging on the front door and it was a lady and gentleman and they said 'we were trying to tell you at the back door, but there is a fire. You need to get out,'" said Simone Whitaker. "I came out and I looked and I was like, oh my God." 

The cause of the fire was listed as incendiary. 

The Red Cross was assisting the family. 



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  • Ginger Lynn Feb 23, 2015
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    The really scary thing is that the reporter has a bachelor's and a master's degree according to WRAL. So that says something about those schools I suppose. "Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, 2006, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas; Master of Science in Communications, 2009, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Feb 23, 2015
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    If WRAL actually cared about proper grammar, they would hire a college graduate.

  • Sherrill Craig Feb 22, 2015
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    Please hire an editor....Please?

    "burning person property..."