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Second fire reported at Raleigh house in 48 hours

Posted November 11, 2013

Fire tore through a house at 4037 Patriot Ridge Court in Raleigh early Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, the second fire at the house in the past 48 hours.
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— Fire tore through a house at 4037 Patriot Ridge Court in Raleigh early Monday, the second fire at the house in the past 48 hours. Both fires appear to be suspicious.

Police said they responded to the same home a few weeks ago and made a drug bust.

The first fire happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday and was extinguished in about five minutes. No injuries were reported.

Monday's fire started some time before 1:45 a.m. A neighbor saw smoke and called 911. Huge flames were shooting through the roof by the time fire officials arrived.

"Obviously, we want to know how it started and our investigators have a checklist," said Rob Johnson, division chief with the Raleigh Fire Department.

Multiple neighbors, who declined to give their names, said they were too scared to talk openly about the situation due to problems at the home, including the recent drug bust.

Second fire reported at Raleigh house in 48 hours Second fire reported at Raleigh house

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  • landonsgrampa Nov 11, 3:38 p.m.

    Since my "neighbor", 5 houses down from me, is running a crack/whore house, I can only wish this was that house. Being that I have had the drug cops inside my home, "Rocky Mt. PD", while I pointed out every single car going to the drug house, you might think this was taken care of. Here I am almost 6 years later and not one thing has been done to stop this activity. In my case, it's the Rocky Mount Police Department's drug investigation team...the rest of the RMPD...who has yet to even send 1 cop to the drug/whore house.

    Maybe the neighbors of this house simply got tired of waiting for the "law" to get off their....well....you know.

  • jhilfiker2001 Nov 11, 1:49 p.m.

    -spirit- It was a weed bust, 215 pounds to be exact. The fellas name was vasquez.

  • gingerlynn Nov 11, 1:08 p.m.

    spirit since the property tax records indicate that the owner, Mr. Rodolfo Martinez-Garcia has the same mailing address as the address of the property where the fire occurred on patriots ridge circle, i would surmise the house was occupied by the owner.

  • spiritseeker Nov 11, 12:22 p.m.

    If the drug bust involved meth production, the house could be determined to be a total loss since because of the residue of that production would sicken anyone to the extent that it would be unlivable. The question concerning the drug bust that I would ask is: "were the perpetrators renters or the owners".

  • davidgnews Nov 11, 12:03 p.m.

    When the neighbors fear retribution from being interviewed, you know something is very wrong there.

  • gingerlynn Nov 11, 10:54 a.m.

    The house had been vacant due to drug bust. I am guessing the owner has left the bank holding the mortgage. http://services.wakegov.com/realestate/Account.asp?id=0346667&stype=addr&stnum=4037&stname=Patriot+Ridge&locidList=&spg=1&cd=01&loc=4037++PATRIOT+RIDGE+CT&des=LO119+JOHN%27S+POINTE+PH2+BM2006%2D01331&pin=1731495076&page=1

  • golorealist Nov 11, 10:40 a.m.

    the owner is probably trying to cash in on an insurance policy so they can pay their legal costs.

  • pja1357 Nov 11, 10:35 a.m.

    It seems like it is almost a losing battle to get rid of people like this in your neighborhood. Pretty sad when neighbors are scared to say anything when it is really their "neighborhood"!!

  • saturn5 Nov 11, 10:31 a.m.

    I wonder if it's someone trying to destroy evidence, or someone else trying to take care of a drug house? What a shame. It's a real pretty neighborhood.

  • chippers Nov 11, 8:19 a.m.

    How horrible it must be for their poor neighbors. Hopefully these people will get evicted/foreclosed on/arrested so that their neighbors can live in peace.