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Durham Police Thwarted In Efforts To Interview Teenager About Fire

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DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Police Department's investigation into a suspicious fire on American Drive has reached a standstill.

Investigators say they still have not been able to speak with a teenager who was home when the fire started around 10:24 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2003.

Police want to speak to 17-year-old Brooke Trimble about the fire at her parents' residence in the American Village subdivision. She claimed that she was home washing dishes when three men broke into the home, tied her up and started the fire.

Trimble reportedly was too shaken up to speak with police after the fire, which authorities have said was set in three places.

Investigators have made several attempts to interview Trimble but have been unable to do so.

According to police, Trimble's lawyer canceled an interview between Trimble and police scheduled for Wednesday.

Investigators said they don't know when Trimble will be available for an interview.

Police said they do not believe the incident was a random act, adding that there is no evidence to indicate other residents of the neighborhood are in danger.

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